The fountain on the square has been out of action for almost a year.

Barnstaple’s 139-year-old fountain will soon be springing back into action.

The final touches to work on the fountain in the square, which started in March, are expected to be completed by the end of next week.

North Devon Council was hoping to finish work in time for the Easter holiday, only to be delayed when a blockage was found in one of the underground pipes.

Contractors will return to the square next week to paint the fountain and replace the lights before filling it up again.

North Devon Councillor for Barnstaple central, Adam Bradford said he was ‘delighted’ that the fountain would soon be up and running.

He said: “It’s such an important landmark to the town, and I’ll be delighted to see it in working order for the townspeople and visitors to the area, hopefully for many years to come.”

The water feature was shut down in June last year as the cost of numerous repair works took its toll.

It was given a new lease of life in January when North Devon councillors agreed to stump up £12,000 for a full repair.