CLOCK: Support from auction house

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As readers will be aware, the Friends of Morpeth’s Floral Clock are working together with Northumberland County Council with the aim of restoring Morpeth’s floral clock, which was first given to the borough in 1972.

We hope to see the floral clock restored to its former glory, with planting using the traditional carpet bedding.

At present there are only four floral clocks in England and ours will be, we believe, the only traditionally planted clock.

It will, therefore, be a focus for visitors to Morpeth and a source of great civic pride.

Obviously, there is a cost to this, and we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the public and their support for our various fund-raising ventures.

We are delighted to report that we have the wonderful support of the recently-opened Northumberland Auction House, formerly Louis Johnson’s.

The Northumberland Auction House has very kindly agreed to allow us to submit five or six lots to every auction it holds in order to raise money for Morpeth’s floral clock, without charging us any commission on our lots.

At the most recent sale in February we were able to raise a very substantial £345.

It is, indeed, wonderful to see a Morpeth family business supporting part of Morpeth’s heritage, and the Friends are extremely grateful.

Anyone wishing to donate an item to the March auction sale should get in touch with Adam Barr at Northumberland Auction House. Alternatively, you can contact me at Morpethfloralclock@gmail.com

Cash donations may also be made at the TSB Bank in Bridge Street, quoting ‘Friends of Morpeth Floral Clock’.

Many thanks also to the editor, staff and readers of the Morpeth Herald who have continued to show their interest, support and enthusiasm for the refurbishment of our floral clock.

Barbara J Ross,

Chairman of Friends of Morpeth’s Floral Clock