Town Hall Clocks

Following the recent announcement by Port St Mary Commissioners Chairman Mrs Bernadette McCabe, that The Town Hall in Port St Mary is going to reopen in August 2012, a planning application has been submitted for part of the second phase of works (PA12/00901/B) which includes the addition of three clocks. One clock will be placed looking over The Promenade, one looking down the Promenade towards Gansey and the third, looking down on Chapel Beach and Happy Valley.

Mrs McCabe said, “The Board was approached by Henry Goldsmith towards the end of 2011, with the notion that he wanted to give something back to the Isle of Man, which has been his home for many decades. We discussed a number of options, but when Henry suggested that he would like to donate a clock, the Board was unanimous in their support. After reviewing all of the possible locations to place the clock, we felt that with the work currently undertaking to bring the Town Hall back into use, the addition of a clock will be a really nice addition to the Town Hall. Henry was delighted with the proposal. So much so, that Henry kindly suggested that a clock on each of the three faces of the Town Hall would look even better. We worked with Henry and his chosen supplier to create clocks which fitted with the look of the village whilst complementing the Town Hall and I am sure everyone will be very pleased with the result. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Henry Goldsmith for such a generous gift to the village of Port St Mary and the Isle of Man, which will be enjoyed by many for years to come.”

Henry Goldsmith added, “I would like to thank the people of the Isle of Man and Port St Mary in particular who have been very good to me over the years. I hope that the Island community will accept the Goldsmith clocks as a mark of my respect for them.  I would also like to thank the Port St Mary Commissioners for giving great advice as to the best location of the clocks, particularly Jason Roberts who managed the meetings with the clock maker, As Time Goes By, and who dealt with the necessary paperwork to make this happen.”

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