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Video: Much-loved Leeds Grand Arcade clock chimes once again

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  • by Jonathan Brown
 

Following more than two decades in the shadows, the characters from a famous Leeds clock have been out on parade once again.

The 105-year-old animated clock at Leeds Grand Arcade, in the city’s Northern Quarter, chimed for the first time since the first phase of its £25,000 restoration was completed on Wednesday.

The famous Wm Potts & Sons of Leeds clock, which sits above the arcade’s Vicar Lane entrance, saw its knights strike the quarters and characters revolve to the delight of dozens of onlookers.

It was revived after months of fundraising by traders with outlets at the Victorian arcade’s Handpicked Hall and was unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Tom Murray, during a special ceremony.

Anthony Blackburn, managing director of Handpicked Hall, said: “It’s been great to be involved in a project that has resulted in a historic attraction being restored for Leeds shoppers and citizens to enjoy.”

The additional help of shoppers, and donations from the Grand Arcade’s owners ATC Properties and Leeds Trinity University, have allowed for a £10,000 mechanical overhaul to take place.

The university, which donated £1,000 to the Save the Grand Clock campaign, has seen its media students work with Handpicked Hall to help boost the online presence of its outlets and build a website for the Grand Arcade.

The ultimate aim is to continue to raise funds to reach the £25,000 target to fully restore and repaint the historic timepiece that dates back to 1897.

Visit www.facebook.com/savethegrandclock for more details of the campaign.

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