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Drummond puddle watch: Eau no! Interest dries up as workmen drain 'celebrity' wet spot

Published 07/01/2016

A person carrying a surfboard crosses the puddle outside Drummond Central in Newcastle upon Tyne, which became an internet sensation with tens of thousands of people watching it on Periscope. PA
A person carrying a surfboard crosses the puddle outside Drummond Central in Newcastle upon Tyne, which became an internet sensation with tens of thousands of people watching it on Periscope. PA

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.

Handout photo issued by Newcastle City Council of workers clearing away a puddle outside Drummond Central in Newcastle upon Tyne. PA
Handout photo issued by Newcastle City Council of workers clearing away a puddle outside Drummond Central in Newcastle upon Tyne. PA
A person carrying a surfboard stands alongside the puddle outside Drummond Central in Newcastle upon Tyne, which became an internet sensation with tens of thousands of people watching it on Periscope. PA
Handout photo issued by Newcastle City Council of workers clearing away a puddle outside Drummond Central in Newcastle upon Tyne, which became an internet sensation with tens of thousands of people watching it on Periscope. PA
A sign stands in the puddle outside Drummond Central in Newcastle upon Tyne, which became an internet sensation with tens of thousands of people watching it on Periscope. PA
The puddle outside Drummond Central in Newcastle upon Tyne, which became an internet sensation with tens of thousands of people watching it on Periscope. PA

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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