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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Clock given pride of place at museum

A HISTORIC clock has found a new permanent home.

The Mossband Clock, which used to sit on top of Mossband House, the Central Headquarters of HM Factory Gretna in World War I, is now in pride of place at the Devil’s Porridge Museum in Eastriggs.

And it was officially unveiled in its new home on Wednesday morning.

In attendance was Charlie Thorburn from Annan, left, who saved the clock and donated it to the Devil’s Porridge and local historian Renee Anderson, as well as members of the museum team.

It was installed there by the workers from the same firm of clockmakers who built it 104 years ago.

Museum manager Judith Hewitt said: “Mossband House was built over 100 years ago and an impressive clock tower stood on top of it. The house and clock were well known landmarks, people used to see them next to the M6 near Gretna and the property was used by the MOD for many years.

“The museum was involved in a campaign to save the historic building. This was unsuccessful, the building was demolished but the clock was saved and has now been restored to form a new centrepiece within the museum.

“The clock company who originally installed the clock 104 years ago has undertaken the restoration work.”

She believes it will be of great local interest and added: “Many local people will remember seeing this clock and working under it – in fact, we have two such volunteers at the museum.”

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