About time too!

Thursday, 3 November 2016

About time too! thumbnailThe iconic clock, which now stands at council headquarters.

THE iconic grandfather clock from Portush Railway Station has found a new home, much to the relief of owner Barry Torrens.
The fate of the 124-year-old timepiece had been under question, with local businessman Barry saying he would sell it for around 27,500 if no one could take it.
It now takes pride of place in the Causeway Coast and Glens Council head offices at Cloonavin in Coleraine.
The Sharman D. Neill clock is 5.5 metres tall and reputed to be the tallest free-standing grandfather clock in the world.
Earlier this year, Causeway Coast and Glens councillors agreed that the clock should housed and displayed at Council headquarters.
Portrush Heritage Group had asked the Council to store the distinctive longcase clock which was formerly located at the Portrush Railway Station concourse.
The 1892 clock was previously positioned at the entrance area to Barry's Amusements complex, adjacent to the station. But councillors heard that this site was no longer an option.
Portrush Town Hall was considered for storage but deemed unsuitable due to space restrictions. It was agreed that the Bann Gallery at Cloonavin was suitable for the relocation.
It has been recently restored and requires little maintenance, except being wound every six days. The commanding clock stood on the station platform in Portrush from 1892, when Queen Victoria was Monarch, until the early 1970s.


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