Perfect time to support Leeds landmark’s restoration

Oakwood Traders and Residents Association members Paul Mitchell, Tony Quinn and Iain MacNiven.

Oakwood Traders and Residents Association members Paul Mitchell, Tony Quinn and Iain MacNiven.

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People in Leeds can lend their names in support of a community campaign to restore a much-loved landmark to its former glory.

Oakwood Clock has been standing at the southern edge of Roundhay Park since 1912 but in recent years it has fallen into a state of disrepair.

Oakwood Traders and Residents Association launched a drive in 2012 to raise funds for the restoration of the clock.

The association’s campaign has won widespread backing, with around £200,000 being raised for improvements at the site.

Now, though, with restoration work poised to begin in the New Year, extra money needs to be found for the purchase and installation of brick paving stones that will be set around the clock.

And so the campaign team is asking people to donate £100 to sponsor an individual stone and have it engraved with a name or a special message.

Oakwood Traders and Residents Association’s Paul Mitchell said: “We are appealing to local businesses and residents, in fact anyone anywhere with a connection to Leeds, to help us get over the line and finish the Oakwood Clock restoration.

“Sponsoring one of our 500 limited edition stone pavers is a lovely way to demonstrate your support for the clock restoration and it would make a wonderful Christmas gift for parents, children, grandchildren or even a memorial to a lost loved one.”

Previous support for the Oakwood Clock campaign has come from The Friends of Roundhay Park, Roundhay School, Roundhay Planning Forum and The Harris Partnership as well as the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For further information, visit the mydonate.bt.com/events/nameintime web page.

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