Mini movie highlights campaign to save Leeds clock

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A FILM-MAKER from Leeds has made a mini movie about a much-loved landmark in a bid to save it from disrepair.

Tony O’Reilly, who runs The Atom Film Company, has made an 11-minute film to raise awareness of the campaign to save Oakwood Clock.

Tony, 45, has made the film for free for the Oakwood Traders and Residents’ Association (OTRA), which has launched a campaign to raise the £120,000 needed to restore the clock to its former glory.

So far, OTRA has raised over £23,000.

Tony, who moved back to the north Leeds suburb a couple of years ago, said: “I really like the old clock. You can see the craftsmanship and skill that has gone into it.

“Those skills take a lifetime to learn so it’s a shame that the clock has become dilapidated over the years.

“It’s a really great landmark for the area so I thought I’d use the skills that I have to support the project.”

The film took Tony around a month to make.

The former Northern Film School student added: “I have hope that the film will help bring the project to people’s attention.”

Oakwood Clock was made in 1904 by William Potts & Son, one of the most important makers of turret clocks in Britain and the last firm of clock makers to receive the Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria.

It was designed by the architects of Leeds’ Kirkgate indoor Market, John and Joseph Leeming, as the centrepiece of the new market hall. But alterations to the market meant the clock was moved to Oakwood in 1912.

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