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Dickens Heath clock continues to cause trouble

Residents in Dickens Heath are joking the village clock might be cursed, after it suffered yet another mechanical fault this month

Residents in Dickens Heath are joking the village clock might be cursed, after it suffered yet another mechanical fault this month.

The £13,000 fixture was installed on the island at the entrance to the village last October, but it took almost two months to get the device working properly.

The run of bad luck continued when the official launch last month was postponed by wintry weather.

And on April 1, the troublesome timepiece - which was supposed to reset itself with the arrival of British Summer Time - once again went awry.

Local man Peter Ridgers joked that the village should “stick to Casio”, while Amanda Pearce said the money would have been better spent on creating more car parking spaces.

A Solihull Council spokesman said: “When the clock was inspected on Tuesday morning it was found to be running an hour behind current British Summer Time.”

The manufacturers were notified and an engineer arrived to reset the mechanism. The faulty unit - which has not been funded by the taxpayer - will be replaced in due course.

 

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