Bursting with colour, its carpet of flowers thick and unbroken, this is how Morpeth’s famous floral clock once looked.
And, if determined locals get their way, it’s how it will look again before too long.
The iconic timepiece, which sits in Carlisle Park, was presented to the borough of Castle Morpeth in 1972 as a fully functional clock, its hands moving between the densely planted flower beds which marked off each hour.
Since then, its condition has deteriorated: the hands haven’t turned in eight years, and it is now planted like an ordinary flower bed, instead of in the traditional ‘carpet bedding’ style which gave it its original impressive look.
But after a group of residents raised £10,000 for restoration and repairs, the clock is set to be returned to its former glory.
The Friends of Morpeth Floral Clock group, founded by local Barbara Ross, says now that it has hit its fundraising target, the clock should be back in working order by this summer, in time for Morpeth’s entry into the Britain in Bloom competition.