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New clock design described as 'beautiful' and 'stunning'

Wednesday, 30th October 2013.

A design for a new clock in Haverhill has received a very warm reception from town councillors, who are footing the bill.

The town council is to pay £10,000 to provide a clock, particularly for people using the bus station.

It will stand in Jubilee Walk, approximately where the Bill Blake Memorial Clock stood before it was taken down when the area was remodelled by St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

The new clock will also bear a memorial to Mr Blake, the town clerk who guided the town expansion process of thye 1950s and 60s.

It has been designed by students at Samuel Ward Academy, asnd materials for it have been donated by Metcraft Ltd, the same team which provided the Queen Street gates and the broadcasting head now being made to stand outside The Drabbet Smock.

A 12ft tower modeled on the Olympic torch, will bear three figurines around three clock faces, representing the three counties which meet around Haverhill, one face directed towards each county – Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

This incorporates the CB9 logo and forms a crown at the top to reflect the Queen's Jubilee last year.

Councillors favoured a stainless steel finish for the figurines, over a copper one which would have aged to a greenish colour, as this was more modern and in keeping with the town’s image.

Councillors were fulsome in their praise of the design. Cllr Maureen Byrne called it 'very, very impressive' and 'beautiful', and Cllr David Roach described it as 'stunning'.

Cllr Clive Turner praised it as well, but wanted the public to have a chance to comment, and to choose between the different finishes, perhaps at a stall on the market on a Saturday.

But other members felt this would hold up the process too much and they voted to go ahead straightaway.

They asked that the clock faces be made larger than in the original design, given numbers to make them easier to read, and also be lit subtly, if possible within the budget.

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