Race against time to fix park clock

The clock tower at Stanley Park, Blackpool.
The clock tower at Stanley Park, Blackpool.
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EMERGENCY repairs are being made to the clock tower in Stanley Park after the structure was found to be dangerous.

Scaffolding currently surrounds the landmark Cocker Tower, which was opened in 1927 as a tribute to Dr William Cocker, the first Mayor of Blackpool in 1876.

The clock tower at Stanley Park, Blackpool.

The clock tower at Stanley Park, Blackpool.

Elaine Smith, of the Friends of Stanley Park, said: “The clock was not working and it was because rain was getting into the structure and making it rusty.

“The roof of the clock tower is now being repaired and hopefully it will soon all be back in working order.

“While they were checking it out, it was found some parts of the structure were dangerous so that is being seen to.”

No cost has yet been put on the scheme but some of the funding will come from the Marton ward budget.

Marton councillor Debbie Coleman said: “The fire service kindly went up in their platform ladder to initially check out the extent of the damage for us, which saved us a lot of money.

“The clock tower is a landmark so we want to preserve it and get the chimes back.”

The repairs are due to be completed before October.

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and culture on Blackpool Council, added: “Unfortunately weather has taken its toll over years and the tower is now in need of repairs.

“Water has been leaking into the building which has stopped the clock from working as well as causing other damage. In order to rectify the problems we are going to repair the roof and carry out pointing work.

“It is important the work is completed before the weather gets too cold so we will be starting it as soon as possible.”

Visitors to the park have welcomed the refurbishment.

Aisla McGowan, 20, from Bispham, said: “I think it’s good because it’s been there for ages and it would be a shame to let it go downhill.

“I’ve always wanted to go to the top of it so maybe they’ll let people do that once it’s done.”

Sandy Weir, 62, from Layton, added: “They’ve got to keep it standing upright and telling the right time too, it’s a good landmark after all.”