Leicester

Leicester Clock Tower in line for major repairs

Leicester Clock Tower
Image caption The tower marks the traditional centre of the city

A historical Leicester landmark is to undergo major repairs for first time in 70 years.

The Clock Tower at the end of Humberstone Gate dates from the 1860s and was last refurbished in 1933.

Despite a series of recent minor repairs it has been gradually losing time and the city council has decided to temporarily take it out of use.

Work by a specialist Derby firm will begin on 18 October and is expected to last for seven weeks.

The Clock Tower was built as a traffic island and a memorial to four significant figures in the city's history - Simon De Montfort, William Wyggeston, Sir Thomas White and Alderman Gabriel Newton.

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