Friday 26 May 2017

Eau no! Interest dries up as workmen drain 'celebrity' puddle

A person carrying a surfboard crosses the puddle outside Drummond Central in Newcastle upon Tyne, which became an internet sensation, but has now been drained by council workmen
A person carrying a surfboard crosses the puddle outside Drummond Central in Newcastle upon Tyne, which became an internet sensation, but has now been drained by council workmen

A puddle that gripped the nation has been drained by two council workers unaware of its celebrity status.

Hundreds of thousands of Britons watched a livestream on the internet of people trying to negotiate their way around the puddle just off Jesmond Road West in Newcastle.

It was broadcast on the video app Periscope by staff at marketing company Drummond Central Ltd and quickly began trending on Twitter with the hashtag Drummondpuddlewatch.

But now it is no more as two engineers from Newcastle City Council, who were inspecting for flood damage, drained it away to clear the path.

A council spokesman said: "Two operatives from our structural engineering contractor were assigned to check the nearby subway following the heavy weather.

"As the path with the puddle is a busy route for cyclists and pedestrians, they thought they were being helpful by digging away a little bit of soil to clear the water - and were completely unaware of its celebrity status.

"Under normal circumstances we would all be very grateful to them for their initiative and helpfulness.

"Through the power of social media the puddle has provided a bit of fun for thousands of people - but with more rain forecast it was probably high time to pull the plug on its internet popularity."

There were also allegations that local Liberal Democrat councillors were to blame, with Labour council leader Nick Forbes tweeting last night: "Lib Dems have just demanded that the council removes #DrummondPuddleWatch immediately! Spoilsports!"

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