Celebrations as Exmouth seafront clock tower refurbished
PUBLISHED: 06:30 07 March 2017
Exmouth’s iconic Jubilee clock tower is looking as good as new, following the completion of a major restoration project.
The seafront landmark has been spruced up thanks to the efforts of the Exmouth War and Flagpole Memorial Committee (EWFMC), which secured sponsorship for a full refurbishment, and for the installation of plaques to commemorate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.
After two-and-a-half years, which included securing permission to work on the listed structure, this has now been completed.
However, there was disappointment ahead of the grand unveiling as one of the clock faces was vandalised the day before the scaffolding was due to come down, causing damage which will cost £1,300 to fix.
Celebrations went ahead with around 40 people in attendance.
EWFMC chairman Jeff Trail said: “The craftsmanship of Westcountry Stonemasons has been exemplary, and the marble plaques which were made by Orchard Memorials have enhanced the whole site. They have done a fantastic job.
“EWFMC wishes to thank the following businesses and organisations for sponsoring the refurbishment, without whose assistance it could not have been completed: Exmouth Town Council; DMB Scaffolding; Wilsons Paints; Exmouth Tool Hire; Brandon’s Tool Hire; The Imperial Hotel; StreetScene; Royal Naval Association; Royal Marines Association; the Army; Royal Air Force Association; Merchant Navy Association; and committee members.”
Jeff added that The Crusty Cob provided catering for the unveiling, and the Imperial Hotel has also provided a notice board for the committee to explain what flags are flying and why.
Regarding the vandalism, which damaged the clock hands and mechanism, Jeff said: “Apparently some individual has gone up the scaffolding and tried to turn one of the clocks, then threw the ladders over into the Imperial Hotel. It’s disappointing. It’s something you can’t control.”