The photo which puts a Leeds mystery into focus

This photo helps bring a mystery into focus.

Thursday, 13th February 2020, 11:21 am
Updated Thursday, 13th February 2020, 11:22 am
Why do four turtles adore the ornate frame when the Leeds symbol is an owl?

Why do four turtles adorn the the ornate frame of a Civic Hall clock when the Leeds symbol is an owl?

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The two clocks' mechanisms were being replaced as part of a full refurbishment.

It was the first time the gilded landmarks had been given a thorough overhaul and our picture shows Michael Tomlinson of clock manufacturers William Potts and Sons of Burley, Leeds, who carried out the work.

John Kearsley, municipal Services assistant director, said: "The clocks are over 50 years and still had their original workings. Unfortunately in recent years they have frequently broken down or been slow and, as they are very important clocks in the city, it was decided they must be full refurbished."

And when asked about the turtles he added: "I have often wondered that and I have no idea what the answer is."

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