All the money needed to complete a new centre piece for a former Sudbury drinking fountain – mentioned in the book 101 Dalmatians – has been collected.
The fountain, outside St Peter’s on Market Hill, featured in Dodi Smith’s famous tale when dalmatian Pongo stopped for a midnight drink.
Now the £9,000 needed has been collected, and the Yorkshire stone required to complete the centre piece has now been ordered with hopes the work will be completed in the next three months.
Sudbury councillor John Sayers, pictured beside the fountain, said: “We have got all the required money; people have been very generous, and the two pieces of Yorkshire stone have been ordered to go to Luxstone stonemasons who will carry out the work.”
A spire on the structure was knocked off 20 years ago.
Donations for the new centre piece have been given by the Sudbury Society, Sudbury Freemans Trust and councillor’s locality budgets.
The plans have received the backing of Sudbury Town Council.
Mr Sayers added: “Although it’s a water fountain, unfortunately it will not dispense water because there is no way water can be connected to it.”