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Duke and Duchess of Northumberland support village clock appeal

The Duke and Duchess of Northumberland have followed in the footsteps of their forefathers in supporting a village clock appeal

The Duke and Duchess of Northumberland

The Duke and Duchess of Northumberland have followed in the footsteps of their ancestors in supporting a village clock appeal.

The couple have made a donation towards a public subscription drive in Beadnell to raise money for work to the village clock.

Their contribution is the modern day equivalent of that given by the then duchess in the public subscription appeal which paid for the clock more than a century ago.

Organisers of the current fundraising efforts last night voiced their gratitude to the Duke and Duchess for their support.

As reported in The Journal last week, villagers at Beadnell are mimicking the efforts of 1902 when a local landowner organised a drive to cover the cost of a clock to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII.

That campaign saw the then duchess give £2 towards the £68 target which later saw a clock bought and placed above the doorway at St Ebba’s Church.

The current appeal seeks to raise around £2,000 to replace cables in the clock.

Having read The Journal’s coverage of the campaign, the Duke and Duchess have now made a donation.

The Duke said: “My wife and I were very interested in the story of the Beadnell village clock. It is really nice the see the community working together to raise the funds for the repair, just as their ancestors did to buy the clock originally to mark the Coronation of King Edward VII.

“We are very happy to be supporting the appeal and wish Beadnell village luck in their endeavours to raise the remaining funds required.”

Peter Jenkinson, of Beadnell Volunteers group which is leading the campaign, said: “We are absolutely delighted. It is nice she has contributed and feels it is a worthwhile cause like they did in 1902. It is exactly the same thing.”

Mr Jenkinson said two further donations have been made, with one of £50 and another coming from a woman who learnt of it having read The Journal’s coverage, while a car boot sale on Sunday organised as part of the fundraising drive raised over £800.

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