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Campaign to restore iconic clock
The restored clock stands in Kendal
The restored clock stands in Kendal
An iconic remnant of 1930s motoring has been restored after a lengthy hunt for missing parts.

Seven Leyland Clocks were located at prominent positions on major UK roads in the 1930s by Leyland Motors Limited.

One was on the A6 near Shap in Cumbria, to mark the half-way point between Lands End and John O'Groats.

The outer shell of the clock was removed and preserved in the 1970s. But the clock's innards were only found after an appeal by local enthusiasts.

A 2,500 restoration project was funded by Cumbria Steam and Vintage Vehicle Society after an appeal by local vintage vehicle enthusiast Tim Holt.

Missing parts

The clock now has pride of place at Kendal's Brewery Arts Centre.

Mr Holt said: "I've always been fascinated by the history surrounding this timepiece and my fellow club members thought it would be wonderful to see this famous historical clock restored to its former glory.

"When we heard the Brewery Arts Centre was looking for funding we did not hesitate in coming forward.

"When we put the appeal out, we all had our fingers crossed, but never dreamt someone would come forward with the missing parts."

A retired GP from Carlisle discovered the missing workings of the clock in items left to him by a former patient 20 years ago.

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