Time to support final fundraiser for much-loved Leeds clock

Oakwood Clock in Leeds.
Oakwood Clock in Leeds.
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TIME IS running out for residents to join a campaign to help revamp a treasured Leeds landmark.

Supporters can boost funds for the iconic Oakwood Clock and be a part of its renovation by having their names engraved in paving stones, which will be laid around the landmark in north Leeds.

The money raised will go towards upgrading the surrounding area so it will look its best once the historic clock has been restored.

Earlier this year, the YEP reported that two years of tireless fundraising and campaigning by local residents and The Oakwood Traders and Residents Association (OTRA) managed to raise the £130,000 to restore the 110-year-old clock near Roundhay Park.

Fundraisers collected £30,000 and OTRA secured a £100,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Iain Macniven, trustee at OTRA, said: “[We] feel that if the clock is to be shown to best effect then the area immediately surrounding it needs to be upgraded.

“[OTRA], in partnership with Leeds City Council, and after intensive local consultation, have drawn up plans to make the area around the clock more of a hub for the local community.

“A monthly Farmers Market already takes place there and the aim is to have more such events.”

The grant from Heritage Lottery Fund will also pay for a history project, a time capsule and a heritage trail with guided walks around the area.

The clock is expected to be fully restored and back in place in time for Oakwood Day on May 2, 2015.

To donate, you can visit mydonate.bt.com/events/nameintime.

You can also find out more at: www.oakwoodclock.co.uk

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