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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.

The Duchess of Northumberland is throwing her support behind a charity which helps people living with brain injuries.
Headway has over 125 branches across the UK and is a key name in the field of rehabilitation and works to improve the lives of those affected.
A new branch has now been launched at an event at Alnwick Gardens by the Duchess of Northumberland who acts as a patron.
The branch merges previous local groups in Hexham, Morpeth and Berwick into one organisation.
The Duchess of Northumberland said: “The creation of Headway Northumberland has brought together three branches of Headway, which individually have done so much to benefit people living with brain injuries and their families. Collectively, I am sure their reach will be even greater, and I am delighted to become patron of Headway Northumberland.”
Headway Northumberland has a committee comprising experienced committee members from the three groups who have many years’ experience providing support and help to those with brain injuries, alongside some new faces from the fields of law and sports, to help cover a full spectrum of services of use to members.