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Thursday, 28 March, 2002, 13:39 GMT
Summer drives clock man cuckoo
Roman Piekarski
Roman Piekarski has 561 clocks
A cuckoo clock fanatic is preparing himself for 12 hours of fast-forwarding when British Summer Time begins on Sunday.

Roman Piekarski owns the Cukooland Museum in Tabley, near Knutsford, Cheshire.

It claims to be home to the world's largest collection of cuckoo clocks.

Mr Piekarski, 49 has calculated that he will need a full 12 hours to put all his 561 clocks forward an hour.

Fine craft

"I wish we could just stick to the same time all year round.

"It just takes ages to change them all - and I have to do it twice a year."

Mr Piekarski runs the shop with his brother, Maz, 47.

Both men trained as clock-makers in Manchester from the age of 15, which is when their fascination with cuckoo clocks began.

They set up the museum 12 years ago after amassing a world class collection of clocks.

"The antique cuckoo clocks are of the finest quality, made from limited resources in the Black Forest," said Roman.

"We don't just have cuckoos - there are clocks with quails and monks playing bells.

"We also have a 'cuckoo and echo' - one of only six in the world.

"It emulates the whistles and bellows a cuckoo makes in the wild."

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