Clocks dream ticks towards fund target

Jane Littlewood, Steve Simey, Cleveleys Taxi Driver, Andy Ball and Carol Barnes with the Cleveleys clock campaign.
Jane Littlewood, Steve Simey, Cleveleys Taxi Driver, Andy Ball and Carol Barnes with the Cleveleys clock campaign.
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Campaigners battling to restore a Cleveleys landmark have had a double fund-raising boost.

The Save Our Clock Shelter Campaign, to restore the four clocks at the shelter on Victoria Road West, is now just £1,500 short of reaching its total.

The group is aiming to have all four clocks working again before the winter weather sets in. Last winter the roof was badly damaged in the storms, prompting the drive to get the historic building on the roundabout restored.

Jane Littlewood, publisher of the Visit Cleveleys website and Facebook page, who launched the campaign, said the latest donation came from the Thornton Cleveleys Past Facebook Group.

The group, with almost 3,000 members, finds and shares historic photos and memories of the area, and held its second get-together, nominating the clock fund as their chosen charity, donating £275.

And the campaign was bolstered by a donation of £80 – all in 20p pieces – from busker Pete Skinner in return for one of the prints of the clock which the campaign has been selling to raise money.

Jane said: “It’s one of the last remaining pieces of original Cleveleys and it was clear right from the first photo showing the state it was in after the storms last winter, that people wanted to see it restored and preserved for the future. Many of the roof tiles had blown off, the paintwork was sandblasted and tatty, and along with the clocks, which have been missing and not working for many years, it looked generally unloved and captured everyone’s attention.”

Steve Simey, a Cleveleys taxi driver, Andy Ball and Carol Barnes were three of the organisers of the get-together.

Steve said: “The shelter is part of the original seaside town that we love today and it was great to be able to have a fun evening looking back on the past, while at the same time contributing towards something that is very much of today.

“It’s great to be part of that community spirit.”

Jane added that they were just £1,500 away from hitting their target after a series of efforts including the £10 prints on sale in Forsyth’s Cleveleys, collections around town and £5,000 from the Shaping your Neighbourhood Grant from Wyre Council which has re-roofed the tower.