Council tries to turn back time

The Guidlhall clocktower (flying a Stars and Stripes) showing the time ball.
The Guidlhall clocktower (flying a Stars and Stripes) showing the time ball.
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An obsolete time-keeping device could be bought back into working order for the first time in a century if a bid for heritage lottery cash is successful.

The Greenwich time ball on the Guildhall’s clock tower in Hull was only used for a short time after being installed in 1916, overtaken by technological change and the aftermath of the First World War.

Consisting of a large ball it was dropped at a predetermined time, to help mariners set their chronometers. The bid would also see the upper part of the clock tower restored. Anyone interested can find out more at a meeting on Wednesday at the Guildhall from 4pm to 5pm.