Jokers put diving mask on statue of sea god Neptune + VIDEO

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A MASON with a sense of humour put a diving mask on Neptune as the statue stood waiting to be hoisted back on to its plinth in Market Place, Durham City.

Neptune was dislodged in October after a passing lorry damaged the plinth.

It is expected to go back on show today.

The statue itself was not harmed in the collision, but was taken down by Durham County Council and put into storage while preparations were made to replace it.

Its removal was the second time Neptune was taken down from the plinth in recent years, after it was moved for the first time as part of the £5.25million Heart of the City regeneration scheme.

It had previously been on view near to St Nicholas’ Church, but it, and the Lord Londonderry statue, were given new locations as part of a plan to open up the Market Place for more events in the city centre.