Posted on 22 May, 2013
Hull Guildhall’s much-loved heritage clock no longer needs a helping hand after the installation of mechanical auto wind equipment, meaning the days of manually winding it are over.
The equipment, devised by Smith of Derby, was recently installed after it became apparent that David Stipetic, who has personally wound the clock every 48 hours for 44 years, could not continue doing so.
Once it emerged that Mr Stipetic's loyal service could no longer be called upon, Hull City Council decided that installing automatic winding equipment would be the most affordable option.
Mr Stipetic paid for refurbishments to the clock in the late 1960s and he has ensured that it tells the correct time ever since. Sadly, the time has come for Mr Stipetic to retire and he revealed that he is happy that the clock will be in good, if entirely robotic, hands. He said: "I am happy that this legacy has been future proofed for generations to come to enjoy."
Mr Stipetic spent 20 minutes winding the clock every two days and Hull City Council leader Stephen Brady paid tribute to his efforts over the years.
Cllr Brady said: "He (Mr Stipetic) has shown dedication and passion for his work throughout the last 44 years."
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