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Leeds clock will chime once more thanks to £100,000 funding

Oakwood Clock.

Oakwood Clock.

AFTER TWO years of tireless fundraising and campaigning by residents, a £100,000 grant means a treasured Leeds landmark can be restored to its former glory.

Work will start immediately to restore Oakwood Clock in north Leeds, thanks to the grant from Heritage Lottery Fund.

The iconic clock was moved from Leeds Kirkgate Market to Oakwood over 109 years ago.

The money will also pay for a history project, which will involve interviews with residents and will go on sale locally as well as being included in a time capsule, which will be buried at the base of the clock.

The Oakwood Traders and Residents Association (OTRA) received the funding and will oversee the projects.

There are also plans to create a heritage trail with guided walks around the area. 

OTRA raised £30,000 in the past two years for the cause.

Local residents Grahame and Marilyn Stowe also made a generous donation to restore the clock.

Marilyn said: “Grahame and I wish to honour our late parents and thank the great city of Leeds, which welcomed generations of our and other Jewish families fleeing persecution. We hope the restoration and rejuvenation of the area will benefit everyone for years to come.”

Alexis Keech, chair of OTRA, said: “This is fantastic news for the whole community. We are very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Marilyn and Grahame Stowe as well as the whole of the local community who pulled together to raise funds to make this possible.”

 

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