I am writing in regard to the clock in Athlone Court which was erected over the then Picwick’s restaurant. I remember my family attending the clock’s welcome celebration in 1986.
It was very exciting to have a one of a kind clock like this in our community. Now, it is rather disappointing to see the clock in such a sad state of disrepair.
I understand that at one point, some wiring and air tubes were cut, making it impossible to have the delightful twirling motion of the figures repaired. I do wonder if that assessment could be revisited, to see if new technology could correct the situation.
I believe that in 2014, it was hoped that the Dickens figures could be repainted to their original splendour by University of Victoria students. I do not know what happened to that plan.
It would be a wonderful asset to our community to have the Athlone Court clock refurbished to the way it was originally intended. If the improvements could be completed by 2016, it would be a wonderful 30th year anniversary for the clock!