Today we’re showing two photos of the clock outside the principal stairwell of Main Square Car Park. They were taken at about midday….
Not many people are aware that there IS a clock there. Or that there’s a second clock face on the other side of the stairwell. But they were the subject of an early encounter between the Eye and the borough council. Years ago, the clock was running perfectly; it was just showing completely the wrong time. We pointed this out to the council – who replied that it wasn’t their clock! (The council owns the car park, of course.)
The council directed us to the Mall – who promptly denied ownership. So, it was back to the council again. Who then said that the clock was irreparable. Anyway, after a Freedom of Information Act Enquiry, the clock started to show the correct time. Which it’s done reliably in the subsequent eight or so years.
What will the explanations be this time?? We’ll hazard a guess that just outside the Square’s loos there’s a switch behind a floor to ceiling metal shutter. Someone has come along, asked ‘what does this switch do?’, and then turned it off….
UPDATE. We reckon we’ve worked out why the switch was switched, so to speak. If you can bear the suspense, we’ll tell you tomorrow….