Time flies for Morpeth's floral clock

One of Morpeth’s most famous timepieces is on the move to allow investigation of its condition and options for its possible restoration.

The floral clock in Carlisle Park which was presented to the borough of Morpeth by James Fairbairn Smith of Detroit in 1972, has been carefully removed and has been taken down to renowned clockmakers Smith of Derby for detailed analysis on whether the mechanism can be repaired.

Northumberland County Council was approached about the possibility of reinstating the flower clock by The Friends of Morpeth’s Floral Clock and are working with the group to explore options and costs that would be associated with this - and how they might be met - including the possibility of sponsorship.

A team has also visited Whitby to look into how the floral clock there is managed and financed.

Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Local Services, said: “We are pleased to be working with the Friends of the Floral Clock to explore what will be required to restore and maintain it in the future.  

“Smiths of Derby have a history going back more than 150 years and will be able to advise us about the options available and costs associated with the repair and restoration of the clock, so that the Friends Group know what funds will need to be raised.”

The Friends of Morpeth’s Floral Clock’s goal is to have the clock returned to its former glory in time for the summer judging of the 2018 Britain in Bloom competition.

Barbara Ross from the Friends of Morpeth’s Floral Clock said: “It has been wonderful to see this project coming together, and we are delighted  at the positivity and encouragement that we have received from Northumberland County Council, and the partnership we have forged.

“It has been a bit like a fairy story: the bringing together of the Jobson Family with the family of James Fairbairn Smith, who donated the Clock in honour of his childhood friend. The people of Morpeth have really embraced this as part of their heritage with £2,000 of public donations received within a week and 900 people supporting us on Facebook!

“This will put Morpeth on the map as with traditional carpet bedding we believe it will be one of its kind in England!”

Anyone wishing to support or donate to the clock fund can email the group at morpethfloralclock@gmail.com
 
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