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Last Updated: Thursday, 16 September, 2004, 06:56 GMT 07:56 UK
Historic park brought up to date
Clean-up of Leazes Park lake
Leazes Park lake was drained and cleaned during the refurbishment
A spectacular Victorian park in Tyneside has been restored to its former glory.

The multi-million pound refurbishment of Leazes Park in Newcastle was being opened by the Duchess of Northumberland on Thursday.

During the work, the lake was drained and cleaned, the bandstand restored and the ornate Jubilee Gates recreated.

The Heritage Lottery fund provided 3.7m of the 4.9m cost, with Newcastle City Council supplying the rest.

Specialist companies were used to restore the 131-year-old park.

'Original glory'

Workmen included the great-grandson of the craftsman who originally erected the railings around the park.

For the restoration of the bandstand, old photographs and supply catalogues were studied to get things just right.

More up-to-date features include a children's playground and new public toilets.

A major feature of the work was the draining of the boating lake, with fish moved to a temporary home while it was cleared of rubbish and silt.

Cllr Wendy Taylor, Cabinet member for the environment, said: "This marks the culmination of years of work, not just by those who have physically carried out the restoration, but also by those who won the funding and managed the project from its inception.

"As they look around the restored park, I am sure they will feel proud to have played a part in bringing one of Newcastle's best-loved spaces back to its original glory."


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