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Time stands still in South Shields: Heavy rain knocks out Town Hall clock

South Shields Town Hall clock has stopped on 12.
South Shields Town Hall clock has stopped on 12.

Time has stood still in South Tyneside – after this week’s weather woes brought a halt to a historic town hall clock.

 People glancing up at the South Shields Town Hall clock have been left ticked off after heavy rainfall caused the iconic feature to stop working.

South Shields Town Hall clock has stopped on 12.

South Shields Town Hall clock has stopped on 12.

Council chiefs are hoping it will soon be back in the swing of the things after the clock’s hands were left frozen at 12 – the standard position for a broken public timepiece – until it can be repaired.

The clock was first set at noon on October 21, 1908by the then Mayoress, Mrs W Gladstone Wylie, who severed a cord and released the pendulum to start the chimes.

Now they are back stuck at noon 108 years on – but hopefully not for too long.

The mechanical fault has also caused the familiar chimes of the clock – which ring out every 15 minutes – to fall silent.

A specialist engineer was drafted in to assess the damage to a suspension spring in the pendulum.

A South Tyneside Council spokesman said: “A mechanism that controls the clock at South Shields Town Hall has been damaged due to a combination of the recent bad weather conditions and general wear and tear. This caused the clock to stop working.

“The clock has since been assessed by a specialist clock engineer and the faulty part, a damaged suspension spring in the pendulum, has been removed.

“The hands have also been placed at 12 – the standard position for a broken public timepiece – until it can be repaired.

“We are keen to get the historic clock back in full working order as soon as possible.”