Video: Son’s pride as clock tower unveiled at Leeds Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park

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PROUD son Gary Sutherland was at the unveiling of a landmark clock tower at the new £40m Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park.

The striking modern four-metre high glass clock tower, designed by artist Kirsty Brook, features photographs of Kirkstall’s industrial past.

Gary Sutherland with his father's watch at Kirkstall Valley Retail Park

Gary Sutherland with his father's watch at Kirkstall Valley Retail Park

And it includes an image of Vincent Sutherland receiving his retirement watch in 1990 after 25 years working at Kirkstall Forge.

His son Gary Sutherland, of Horsforth, said: “I’m pleased and proud there is a picture of my dad on the clock tower.

“He worked at Kirkstall Forge all his life on the press that made the axles, so I find it fitting his picture is up there. He would have been quietly pleased too.

“I’m bringing my family to see the clock tower and they have no idea that dad is on it.”

Vince Sutherland is picture receiving his gold watch in 1990

Vince Sutherland is picture receiving his gold watch in 1990

The tower is wrapped in an image of a woollen spool, reflecting the blanket making and textile fulling work carried out nearby.

The lighting changes on the hour and filters through images of factory windows creating an authentic industrial glass texture and a glow reminiscent of night-time industrial activity.

Nick Heath is development manager for London Metric, the company responsible for the development of Kirkstall Shopping Park.

Mr Heath said; “We hope the clock will be enjoyed by young and old alike and will become a new place for people in Kirkstall to meet.”

Stores at the new retail park include Pets at Home, Card Factory, M&S Foodhall, JD Sports, Home Bargains, Outfit and Costa.

Trespass is due to open its store at the shopping park tomorrow.

More than 200 jobs have been created so far at the shopping park, which is just off the A65 in Kirkstall.

For more information, go to kirkstallbridgeshopping.co.uk and facebook.com/KirkstallBridgeShopping

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