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By Christie Breen
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Electric future for church clock

ST ANDREW’S Church clock in Moffat has been successfully converted to run on electric.

The winding mechanism and other inner workings of the clock at the base of the High Street will now be run electronically. Previously the clock was wound by hand five times every two weeks, now with the new winding disks the church’s bells will chime more regularly, including on New Year’s Eve.

Moffat and District Community Council contributed £500 to the project, and were updated about its progress at Tuesday’s meeting by treasurer David Booth, who said: “With the bells complete, I asked about New Year’s Eve, and they took me up the tower and showed me the disk. Now the disk doesn’t have a midnight on it, so if we want to ring the bells it’s a manual operation but I’ve been assured it will be dinging at midnight, the bells will ring.”

St Andrew’s session clerk, Donald Walker also wrote a letter to the group thanking them for their support. He said: “On behalf of the the trustees of St Andrew’s Church, I am pleased to advise you that the overall installation of the electric winding gear at is now complete.

“We are extremely grateful for your most generous and helpful grant of £500 towards the cost of this project. We’re certain that the greater reliability of this will be appreciated and give great benefit to the community as a whole, as it is one of the iconic structures upon entry to our town.”

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