Specialist called in to fix silenced Town Hall clock

George Smith and Roy Harris from Gillett & Thomas SUS-140430-161436001
George Smith and Roy Harris from Gillett & Thomas SUS-140430-161436001

A clock specialist from overseas has been called in to fix the beleaguered Town Hall clock which has been out of action for days.

It was discovered the clock had stopped after the Easter break and despite three visits from engineers, the chimes on the iconic timepiece were out of time and a decision made to stop it at 11.30am on Tuesday to await a specialist from Belgium. He is due in the town today in an attempt to get the clock working again. It is the first time in five years that the clock, installed in the tower in 1892, has gone wrong.

A council spokesperson said, “The Town Hall clock first stopped over the Easter break. Gillett & Johnston, the company that installed it in 1892 and have been maintaining it ever since, visited last week to identify the fault and, if possible, implement an immediate repair. Adjustments were made to the clock but the faults in the mechanism have reoccurred. A leading specialist in this type of clock is due to visit the Town Hall on Friday (May 2).

“Due to the problems being experienced, including random chiming, the clock has been stopped until a full repair can be carried out. It is worth noting that over the 122 years since the clock was installed there have been very few problems with it.”