New lick of red for seaside sewers

Published: Sunday 1st March 2015 by The News Editor

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A seaside resort’s Victorian sewers are receiving a fresh lick of paint ahead of one of the biggest arts festivals in the country.

Stuart Slark and his fellow tour guides will spend the next few weeks refreshing the main areas of Brighton’s sewers ready for this year’s tours, which take place during May’s Brighton Festival, owners Southern Water said.

For more than 50 years, the tours have given visitors a glimpse underground at the Victorian infrastructure which is still in use today, a spokesman said.

Last year, 1,600 people explored beneath the city’s streets, he said.

Mr Slark said: “For most people a spring clean means vacuuming behind the wardrobe; for us it means finding ways of making a working sewer as pleasant as it can be.

“We give the sewers a refresh every year for our visitors.

“The pipes themselves remain unpainted as they form part of the working infrastructure but the whole route is jet-washed before every tour.

“We’re proud of our sewers and are looking forward to this year’s tours so we can show more people the hidden wonders under the city.”

Published: Sunday 1st March 2015 by The News Editor

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