We’re back in chime
Tuesday 27th May 2014 @ 08:30 by Max Wieland
Community News
BACK TO THE FUTURE: The town's civic clock is keeping time again.

BACK TO THE FUTURE: The town’s civic clock is keeping time again.

The Stalybridge Town Team proudly announced this week that it has succeeded in leading the restoration of the town’s Civic Hall clock.

Working together with a number of parties, including a substantial contribution from an anonymous benefactor and another generous donation from Lord Pendry, work has now been completed to restore the clock, sited on the Civic Hall, back to full working order.

A stopped clock has been seen by many as symbolic of the decline of the town centre over recent years.

But just as the Civic Hall itself has become an important public building with increasing use for a multitude of events over recent years, so too the clock, on time and chiming, is a sign of a restored town confidence.

Town Team Chair Andrew Stevenson said: “Bringing more shoppers back into the town is our focus.

“It’s partly about events that appeal to locals and visitors, an improving retail offer, but it’s also vital to improve the appearance of the town centre.”

To improve that appeal, Andrew appreciates what the Civic Hall clock has come to represent: “A town clock that doesn’t work isn’t a good sign.

“But on the other hand, a clock that you can rely on is a mark of a town proud of itself.

“We are very grateful to the financial support we have received in order to make this happen.”

The Town Team has been working quietly, behind the scenes, over a number of months to get the clock restored and ensure that its time has come again.

Andrew added: “Stalybridge is a town of great pride, people and potential.

“We are proud of our past and the clock represents that. But more than that, it is a sign of a bright future ahead.”