New bid to save Harpenden's clock

PUBLISHED: 11:20 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010

The Harpenden clock with three different times

The Harpenden clock with three different times

A NOSTALGIC town councillor is on a mission to save a stopped clock in Harpenden. Mike Weaver is determined to get the High Street clock on the side of M&Co in High Street ticking again, despite a decision by the women s fashion store not to repair it.

A NOSTALGIC town councillor is on a mission to save a stopped clock in Harpenden.

Mike Weaver is determined to get the High Street clock on the side of M&Co in High Street ticking again, despite a decision by the women's fashion store not to repair it.

Recently a spokesperson from M&Co said that the clock - the three sides of which have been showing the wrong time for a couple of years - was too old to repair and that its restoration would be costly.

But Cllr Weaver, who bought the clock in 1993 when he ran the then C&A stores where M&Co now trades, said that it had plenty of life in it yet. He added: "I purchased the town clock for £5,000 and it's very good quality. All it took to repair it was a whip up a ladder and a quick turn of the clock hands; it only cost us £100 a year to keep it running smoothly."

Cllr Weaver, who ran the C&A store until it closed in 2000, said that he bought the clock for the local residents to enjoy and added: "I think M&Co should donate the clock to the town council who, I believe, can easily take on the maintenance fees. I urge Harpenden residents to write to the council supporting my proposal."

Cllr Weaver is willing to open negotiations with M&Co and said that he would do anything to get the clock running again: "Shoppers walk past it every day and commuters rely on it when they're rushing to the station in the morning. There are an awful lot of people who will be upset by the clock's current state of disrepair and to lose it would be a disaster.


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