Margate clock tower timeball restoration to begin

Margate clock The Margate timeball fell into disrepair

Restoration work on an iconic clock tower timeball is due to start after funds were raised for its repair.

The clock tower, in Margate, Kent, was inaugurated in 1869 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.

However, the ball mechanism, which dropped at a particular time each day to let sailors know the right hour, fell into disrepair.

Margate Civic Society began fundraising 18 months ago and has amassed £12,000 for the project.

The timeball has not worked since the 1920s.

It is hoped the repair will be completed by 24 May to commemorate the date of Queen Victoria's birthday.

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