Landmark anniversary

March Fountain Centenary celebrations 'left to right back Reg Kemp, Rev Jim MacIntyre and March Mayor Bernard Keane 'left to right front Georgina Kemp and Jennifer Lawler
March Fountain Centenary celebrations 'left to right back Reg Kemp, Rev Jim MacIntyre and March Mayor Bernard Keane 'left to right front Georgina Kemp and Jennifer Lawler

A SPECIAL ceremony was held in the centre of March to mark the 100th anniversary of the town’s landmark Fountain.

The event, organised by Reg Kemp, was held at the Broad Street monument on Wednesday the actual date when the Fountain was officially unveiled to commemorate the coronation of King George V in June 1911.

Mr Kemp explained he felt compelled to do something to mark the anniversary after the issue was raised in a letter to the Citizen by Jennifer Lawler, chairman of the March Society.

“I read the letter and thought: ‘yes something should be done to celebrate the anniversary’. I contacted the town council to see if they were organising anything but they weren’t. So I took it upon myself to sort something out myself,” he said.

And on Wednesday Mr Kemp together with his wife Georgina, Mrs Lawler, the Rev Jim MacIntyre and March Mayor Bernard Keane gathered at the Fountain to celebrate its centenary.

Mr MacIntyre, who is chairman of March Churches Together, re-dedicated the memorial and also said a prayer of thanks for the foresight of the people of March at the time the Fountain was built.

Mr Kemp said he was now busily researching the history of the Fountain and is trying to find information about the design and how it was chosen. He is also interested hearing from anyone who can remember it as a working drinking fountain.

The centrepiece is currently in a private garden at Wimblington having been auctioned off sometime in the late sixties early seventies when it was removed because it was a hazard for drivers.