VIDEO: Neptune statue returned to Durham

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A STATUE is safely back on its plinth in Durham City after it was dislodged by a lorry.

Neptune has not been in the Market Place since the accident last October when a lorry reversed into the plinth, dislodging some of the masonry.

A team of masons spent a week erecting the refurbished plinth before carefully lifting Neptune into place.

The statue, which is made of lead, was not damaged in the accident.

Neptune was originally sited in Market Place in 1729, and is said to symbolise a plan to turn Durham City into an inland port.

The statue was moved to Wharton Park in 1923, but returned to Market Place in 1991.

It also spent some time in the window of gas company premises - now a restaurant - in Claypath,

Neptune was repositioned within Market Place in 2010 as part of the refurbishment of the central area of Durham City.