Spring time heralds major operation to change clocks

It's that time of year again when the nights get lighter after the clocks went forward to mark the start of British Summer Time

Posted on 31 March, 2015



In today's digitalised world many people don’t have to worry about adjusting the hands on a clock - but here at Smith of Derby our team of 20 field clockmakers will begin the mammoth task on Sunday morning of changing the clocks on over 200 public clocks and famous landmarks across England, Wales and Scotland. The majority will be public or church clocks, including those on Richmond Town Hall, Derby Cathedral and the Astronomical Clock at Leicester University.

Bob Betts, Managing Director for Smith of Derby, said that the expert team would be working flat out to ensure the job is done as quickly as possible so that the country can keep to the right time.
He said: “With so many clocks needing to be changed at the same time, it’s difficult to do it at a predetermined time, so we work very closely with the town halls and the parish councils to find a time to suit them.
“For a couple of days, as we get around them all, people might wonder ‘am I at the right time or an hour behind?’ but by the middle of the week all the clocks should be showing the right time.”

The task of servicing this many clocks is one Smith of Derby gladly takes on, but the task is a challenging one. Many of the clocks are difficult to get to because the nature of a public clock is that it’s usually in a clock tower so our clockmakers will have to climb up those 150 or so steps of some towers.

Smith of Derby believes that a clock represents the heartbeat of the community, and Bob and the Smith of Derby team take their upkeep very seriously.

Over 200 clocks will need to be changed manually by the Smith of Derby clock maintenance team, but most of the 4800 clocks that we are responsible for servicing will update automatically. That is good news for the legs of our field clockmakers!

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