Surviving link with bus station

I READ the comment of North Somerset Council's deputy leader, Elfan Ap Rees ('Time runs out for the bus station clock' – October 8) that the old bus station clock on Beach lawns 'doesn t have any historic significance as a clock'...

I READ the comment of North Somerset Council's deputy leader, Elfan Ap Rees ('Time runs out for the bus station clock' - October 8) that the old bus station clock on Beach lawns 'doesn't have any historic significance as a clock' an that it is an historical 'myth' with amazement.

I am surprised that Councillor Ap Rees can dismiss the significance of a clock which has been a part of Beach lawns since approximately 1929 (there are plenty of old photographs and postcards in the main library to confirm this).

The clock was originally on the front of the old art deco Bristol Omnibus Company Bus Station (which stood on the site of the present Carlton Mansions) until it was demolished in 1989.

The clock was saved, restored and donated to the town of Weston by and at the expense of Abbey National Homes Ltd and the Weston-super-Mare Hotels and Restaurants Association.


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It is now the only surviving link with the old bus station through which hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers, visitors and residents came into Weston over the 60 years the bus station was in use.

The clock must have been looked at, checked and been a point of meeting many times each day.

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I have spoken to the Bristol clockmaker who was commissioned to carry out the renovations in 1989 and he confirms that he was given the original clock on which to work. An extra face was made but otherwise the clock faces are the original ones which were on the front of the old bus station building.

I think it will be a great shame if the clock is now removed from Beach Lawns where it has lived for the past 80 years. Surely there is somewhere on Beach Lawns close to its original site where the clock can be put so that yet another historical link with the past is not swept away.

I have been interested in the history of the old bus station and the clock for some time and if anyone has any memories, photographs (especially those dating back to the early days) or information on either of these I would be most grateful to hear from them. Could anyone contact me initially via email at freeman.carlton@talktalk.net

ROGER FREEMAN

Beach Road, Weston

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