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
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.
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
‘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
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’s giant teddy always seems a little forlorn, so would probably enjoy the company.
6. Purpleman on Stonegate
He’s almost as permanent a fixture as Constantine, and even easier to spot. Except when he goes green of course.
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
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…