TICK TOCK: Yeadon Town Hall Clock strikes again!
Image: Yeadon Town Hall, Facebook
Work has now been completed to restore the Yeadon Town Hall clock back to its former glory.
Leeds City Council have worked closely with the Yeadon Town Hall Community Interest Company team to complete the challenging project, which has been in the pipeline for over two years.
The 140-year-old clock faces were completely worn out due to constant erosion. On Wednesday 20 January 2021, brand new clock faces were delivered and installed by crane, with specialists working to restore the clock and get its mechanisms up and running. The spectacle was enjoyed by dozens of locals who watched the momentous occasion (all socially distanced, of course).
Following the restoration, the clock is now ticking and chiming once again. It is such a unique and important landmark within the local area, with those from miles around able to view the now working clock.
Yeadon Town Hall Community Interest Company is working closely with Leeds City Council to restore the historically significant Grade II listed building, having taken over management of the Town Hall in April 2019. Leeds City Council were responsible for arranging the clock restoration, and have worked tirelessly to preserve the Town Hall’s defining feature.
Jamie Hudson, CEO at Yeadon Town Hall, says: “We are inordinately grateful to Leeds City Council for their hard work and support. Community Asset Transfers require two teams working together in synergy, with a shared vision in mind. We’re very fortunate to have such a strong relationship with the council. Ultimately, the venture is all about doing the right thing for the community and Leeds City Council understands how completely committed the local community is to supporting Yeadon Town Hall.”
Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s Executive Member for Communities, said “We’re absolutely delighted to be able to support this innovative project which will see an important piece of the city’s history preserved in partnership with those who care so much about their community.
“Working closely alongside civic-minded people like Yeadon Town Hall Community Interest Company, we’re always keen to help them protect our shared heritage however we can. It’s inspiring to see how much time, care and attention people are willing to give to preserve their local area and we wish them all the best with this fantastic building in the future.”
Whilst one of the old clock faces was used to make the mould for the new faces, the other two clock faces will be repurposed. One will be kept at the Town Hall, and the other will be auctioned off.
The Town Hall Clock is still on the search for a new name, too. Hundreds of people have submitted suggestions, with many giving a nod to the influential figures who first created the building. A shortlist has now been announced, with the final name being decided at the end of the month.
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