Work begins on Leeds landmark clock

Oakwood Clock in Leeds.

Oakwood Clock in Leeds.

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Work has now begun on the long-awaited restoration of a much-loved landmark at Roundhay Park.

After more than two years of tireless campaigning and fundraising by the north Leeds community, Oakwood Clock has now been removed from its home of over 100 years ready to be restored to its former glory.

The clock has been standing at the southern edge of Roundhay Park since 1912 after being relocated from Leeds’ Kirkgate Market.

But its condition had rapidly deteriorated over the years leading Oakwood Traders and Residents Association (OTRA) to launch a fundraising bid in 2012 which attracted widespread backing and netted nearly £300,000.

Local businesses and residents raised £3,000 over Christmas alone in the latest fundraiser to pay for landscaping around the clock. The campaign team have been offering people the chance to sponsor a paving stone for £100 and have it engraved with a name or special message.

The scheme has seen about half of the stones already snapped up but anyone interested still has until the end of January to apply.

Ian Macniven, of OTRA, said: “We are grateful to the many people in Roundhay and wider afield who have contributed to the success of this project. It just shows what can be done when people work together towards a common goal. Everyone who has been involved should feel proud of what they have achieved.”

Coun Christine Macniven (Lab, Roundhay) said: “This is great news and is testament to the fantastic efforts of OTRA and the residents of Roundhay which has culminated in the restoration of the much loved clock. It shows that there is a strong community spirit and we are able to work together to bring about such a fantastic result in a very short space of time.”

It is hoped the work will be finished and the clock restored by May.

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