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Time to take a closer look at restoration work

Patrick Rynn, Peter O’Sullivan, Colin Pengelly and Philp Kiss
Patrick Rynn, Peter O’Sullivan, Colin Pengelly and Philp Kiss

The town has had its first glimpse of a familiar face after restoration work to the upper level of the Clock Tower was unveiled. The new clock face has been given a golden touch, with gold leaf circles and clock hands set among the pristine white Portland stone. Scaffolding was erected around the historic landmark in the summer while repairs were made, with only lighting, bird protection and asphalt work needing to be done to the lower levels. The council’s project manager Patrick Rynne believes the scaffolding should be down by Christmas. He said:

“We are looking forward to a great new year which wifi be full of community activities to celebrate the oldest freestanding clock tower in the world. The scaffolding is coming down in stages to allow the works to be completed from the top down. It will be dropped further this week. The works to the steps and the ground floor will continue into the new year. We hope that the work will be finished by the end of January 2015.”

Views of the clocktower
Views of the clocktower

The Friends of Herne Bay Clock Tower group will be holding a festive thank you event on Wednesday, December 10 from 7pm at the information centre in Central Parade. It will run alongside the Neptune’s Arm lights switch-on and the switch-on of the cameras on the clock tower as well. You can find more information about activities on the website by visiting www.clocktowerfriends.org

Herne Bay Gazette, November 27th 2014

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