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Time Stops for the Queen

October 11, 2022 Uncategorized

“When the two minutes silence was kept you could have heard a pin hit the parade ground floor. It was a very moving day.”⁠ ⁠ The Thwaites & Reid Clock at Horse Guards, St James’ Park, has been under our care for a number of years. Smith of Derby Clockmakers Paul Kilburn and Richard Cox have worked extensively with senior military staff at Horse Guards, with the latter undertaking an important role for the Queen’s funeral procession. Richard stands in front of Horse Guards, with the Thwaites & Reid Clock behind him Here, Richard describes his experience:⁠ “At the request…

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A Flying Visit to the UAE

October 11, 2022 International

Last month Clockmakers Ben and Tony returned from the United Arab Emirates where they were carrying out pre-planned maintenance work. Reflecting on the trip, Ben describes how he and Tony had flown in to undertake services on the bespoke centrepiece clocks Smith of Derby had created for the Waldorf Astoria group of hotels, first at the Waldorf Astoria at the Dubai International Financial Centre and then at the Waldorf Astoria in Ras al Khaimah. The clock at Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre When entering the hotel lobbies Ben, who hadn’t yet started working for the company when the clocks were made, describes both clocks as…

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