Published On: Fri, May 2nd, 2014 on 4:00 pm

Fabulous fountains in Bradford City Park clinch another award

Marsh Awards Bradford

(l-r) Chair of the Marsh Awards Jolyon Drury, Lord Mayor of Bradford Cllr Khadim Hussain, and judging panel member Christine Midgley

The famous fountains in Bradford’s City Park have clinched another prestigious award, making it nine in the awards cabinet.

A delegation including judges from the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association visited Bradford today to present a plaque to Bradford Council.

Both the Bradford Council and the Fountain Workshop Ltd were jointly named winner of The Marsh Award for Fountains last year for “the best use of moving water in the regeneration of urban public space.”

The fountains are currently the UK’s largest man-made water feature, boasting over 100 fountains and a 4,000 square metre mirror pool.

Jolyon Drury, chairman of the Marsh Awards, presented the award to the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Khadim Hussain, who collected it on behalf of the city.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford said: “We are rightly proud of our fountains in City Park and this water feature acts as a magnet for both locals and tourists.”

Mr Drury added: “City Park and the fountains are unique because they draw together a community in both modern and old buildings in Bradford and in its very spirit, produces a beautiful place for both the young and the old.

“I was delighted in the summer when I was judging to see that nobody told anyone to get out of the water. You can see people enjoying themselves and I think that’s what city centre’s need.”

Mr Drury’s grandfather, Alfred Drury, sculpted the Queen Victoria memorial overlooking City Park, which was unveiled on 4 May 1904 by the Prince of Wales, George V.

This Sunday will mark its 110th anniversary.

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