The restored clock faces of the Coalville Memorial Clock Tower will be returned to their home at the top of the 21 metre memorial on Monday 17 September as the first phase of its restoration nears completion.
The four clock faces were removed whilst contractors have been carrying out masonry, steelwork and roofing repairs to the Grade II listed tower with funding from North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC), Heritage Lottery Fund and War Memorials Trust.
Clockmakers Smith of Derby have carried out the specialist restoration of the clock faces, repairing the 5ft cast iron dials and hands and re-glazing the faces. The result will be much clearer, cleaner clock faces to compliment the restoration of the tower itself.
The scaffold around the tower is due to be removed in the coming weeks ahead of the Coalville Remembers events, which include a new piece of public artwork in the memorial gardens next to the tower and the popular Remembrance parade and service on Sunday 11 November.
The next phase of the restoration work will then begin, with repairs to the base and steps surrounding the memorial tower.
Martin Butchers, Smith of Derby Technical Sales Engineer, said: “On close inspection, at least three of the cast iron dials had serious structural defects and cracks, and the glazing on the dials had turned a very deep yellow. The dials have now been re-glazed in opal white and the clock hands have been restored to their original style.
“We are delighted to restore time on this memorial clock tower and long may we remember the Coalville community who gave their lives in the two world wars.”
Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Armed Forces Champion, said: “It’s important to us as we’ve been carrying out important structural work to the Coalville Memorial Clock Tower that we have also taken the chance to clean and repair it to reflect its importance to the town. The clock faces themselves are a very important part of the tower, so it’ll be fantastic to see them brightly returned to the top of the memorial. We’re all looking forward to the scaffolding coming down so we can see the newly cleaned and restored clock tower.”
Work to tell the story of the Coalville Memorial Clock Tower and other memorials in the local area has been ongoing while the restoration has taken place. Visit the Choose Coalville website for more information.
Published: Tue 11 September, 2018