Eight new places to meet in York now they’re ripping up the fountain

Splashier times… the Parliament Street fountain in 1989. Photograph © Rodhullandemu on Wikimedia Commons
5 Jul 2015 @ 7.03 pm
| Environment

So the Parliament Street fountain is set to go. According to reports in the York Press, Make It York want the fountain to be demolished, although “no final decision” has been made.

Let’s face it, the fountain’s days are numbered. As far as we can ascertain it can never gush in anger again, as its plumbing was linked to the long-gone Splash Palace.

That leaves us with a dilemma. For two decades the fountain has been York’s meeting place of choice.

Make It York want Shambles Market to be the new place to meet. But no one’s buying that – for a start the market has at least four entrances, which is a recipe for confusion.

We need a new spot. What would happen if, say, Prince Charles called, fancying an afternoon’s shopping followed by Sourz at Yates’s? Where could we arrange to meet?

Here are our suggestions. If you have another, let us know…

1. The Constantine statue

Constantine photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr
Constantine photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr

Well he’s not going anywhere is he? And you can watch to see how many cyclists nearly hit camera-wielding tourists while you wait for HRH.

2. Whip-ma-whop-ma-gate

York photograph: Jack Gevertz
York photograph: Jack Gevertz

It may have the longest name, but it is also York’s shortest street, so you’ll never miss each other. And if the Prince fancies it, you can hit The Terrace for a swift pint.

3. Coney Street clock

Coney Street photograph: Jack Gevertz
Coney Street photograph: Jack Gevertz

‘Under the clock’ is a classic meeting place. Buy a selfie stick from one of the street traders and you could get a pic of you and Charlie as a memento.

4. William Etty statue

Exhibition Square photograph: Jack Gevertz
Exhibition Square photograph: Jack Gevertz

Meet him by the man who saved York city walls. And enjoy York’s remaining fountain while you’re there.

5. The Stonegate bear

Stonegate photograph: Jack Gevertz
Stonegate photograph: Jack Gevertz

Stonegate’s giant teddy always seems a little forlorn, so would probably enjoy the company.

6. Purpleman on Stonegate

Purpleman photograph: Richard McDougall
Purpleman photograph: Richard McDougall

He’s almost as permanent a fixture as Constantine, and even easier to spot. Except when he goes green of course.

7. Nando’s

High Ousegate photograph: Jack Gevertz
High Ousegate photograph: Jack Gevertz

Well everybody seems to go there anyway. And I’m sure the Prince is partial to some peri-peri poultry (as long as it’s organic).

8. YorkMix HQ

Main photograph: Jack Gevertz
Main photograph: Jack Gevertz

The top of Shambles, where we have our palatial suite of offices, is a good place to meet. Although you might have to share the space with a Roman centurion, or even mopey portrait the Moaning Lisa.

If you have any better ideas, keep them to yourself. No of course not, share them with us below…