The majority of people looking at Morpeth’s main public timepiece on Sunday or yesterday would have immediately checked their watch or mobile phone.
This is because the time showing from Morpeth Clock Tower was incorrect. It went one hour forward on Sunday, rather than one hour back as it should have done.
An automatic winding system was recently installed at the building earlier this year – it was previously manually operated. Northumberland County Council funded the work.
The system also includes time change procedures at BST and GMT.
A council spokeswoman said that it had spoken to the company that supplied the equipment and the local authority was told us that the problem was not unique to Morpeth.
She added that an engineer has been out to rectify the problem and the Clock Tower is now running at the right time.
The works involved the installation of three auto-wind units to the existing three train clock and a pendulum regulator/arrestor unit, which is attached to the clock frame and operates through a time controller by electro-magnetic action to hold the pendulum and stop it, releasing at the correct time.