Iconic Scottish War Memorial Running To Time Ahead of WWI Celebrations

The community campaign for the Brora War Memorial clock dial restoration has the four-faced clock working perfectly in time for the 100 year commemoration of World War I in August.

Posted on 26 June, 2014 by Smith of Derby.


ONE of Scotland’s most iconic war memorials has had a complete refurbishment ahead of the start of the World War 1 Centenary celebrations.


Expert clock repairers have just finished major repairs on the historic Clyne war memorial in Brora, Sutherland, to ensure that the four-faced clock is working perfectly when commemorations start later this year.


The local community, which had long campaigned for the clock to be upgraded, engaged the UK’s leading clock makers Smith of Derby to oversee the full restoration.


The work was carried out on site and at the company’s James Ritchie and Son’s workshops in Broxburn, West Lothian, with the clock returned to Brora in the last few days.


Engineers have cleaned and restored the clock dials, with opal glass replacing the existing Perspex on the dials to return them to their original state. The steelworks surrounding the clock were also cleaned and painted.


Tony Charlesworth, Smith of Derby Technical Sales Consultant, said: “The Brora war memorial is a beautiful construction and it is vital to the local and wider communities who visit it that the clocks are running to the correct time.”


The Brora War Memorial was built circa 1920 to commemorate those who gave their lives in World War I, and the clock famously chimes in time with Big Ben.


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