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UK News The special sign on a London street that marks where the UK's largest fatberg was destroyed

01:00  06 december  2022
01:00  06 december  2022 Source:   msn.com

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For buildings with a link to famous people, there are Blue Plaques, but for the defeat of a 130 tonne fatberg in a London sewer, there is a commemorative manhole cover. Maybe the designers thought a statue of the huge clump of oil, rubbish and waste which clogged the sewers below Whitechapel in 2017 wouldn't be very aesthetically pleasing.

This monstrous mass of gunk is so famous, the Museum of London even did an exhibition on it featuring samples. It was the largest fatberg ever found in the UK after all, at more than twice the length of the football pitch at Wembley Stadium.

Eight people worked nine hours a day for nine weeks using high-powered jet hoses to break up the mass before sucking it out in an immense effort which certainly deserves some form of memorial.

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Manhole cover remembering the defeat of the Whitechapel fatberg © @unfortunatalie Manhole cover remembering the defeat of the Whitechapel fatberg

The manhole cover in question, which is located between Whitechapel station and the Royal London Hospital, commemorates the battle. "The Whitechapel fatberg was defeated here in 2017," it reads. The manhole cover is popular with fans of the quirkier parts of London's history, and one woman says she spent five years searching for it.

She tweeted: "FINALLY found the commemorative manhole cover celebrating the defeat of the Whitechapel fatberg, after five years of looking for it." Fatbergs form when solidified fat and plastic items build in sewers, blocking pipes. The culprits include wet wipes, sanitary towels, and nappies, as well as cooking fat. Water companies often advise people not to flush anything that isn't human waste or toilet paper down the toilet.

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