A Colne Valley village has been sent into a time warp after its iconic clock stopped working.
Marsden residents are feeling ticked off after their beloved Mechanics Hall clock tower decided that it would permanently be midday or midnight last month.
Now the team of dedicated volunteers who look after the hall have launched a bumper community fundraising bid to bring the clock back up to speed.
They hope to clock up a total of £1,860 before October 10, when the nationally- renowned jazz festival hits the area.
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The hall is c urrently owned by Kirklees Council but is subject of a community transfer bid, which supporters hope will see it brought under control of local residents.
Hall manager, Janet Maude, is one of those who decided to take action to on the clock after Kirklees Council said that they could not afford to fund its repair.
She said: “We can’t let time stand still in Marsden.
“Everyone looks at it and it’s the focal point of the village, so I’ve had many people asking me what has happened, when it will be fixed-it’s quite confusing to see the same time constantly.
“We really want to get it worked in time for the jazz festival, we wouldn’t want people to miss any acts because of it.”
The money raised will be given to a repairer, who will restore it to its former glory.
And to keep a track of their fundraising efforts, they will create a running total on the building’s conservatory window with a temporary campaign clock, which will move one minute for every £31 raised.
Janet said: “We’re putting collection bins up around the village, which we hope people will make a donation in to help us out.
“People can also pop in to the Mikron Theatre offices or send a cheque to the Marsden Mechanics Hall.”
The building on which the clock rests has been at the centre of village life for over 150 years.
Members are currently working with the council to complete the transfer bid, which they launched last year.
If successful, they hope to find funding to enable ambitious developments of the building, which could see the introduction of an extension and an entire revamp.
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