The Emett Clock is coming home! After more than a year away from intu Victoria Centre, the Emett Clock will be officially unveiled in its new location on the upper mall near to House of Fraser and Disney Store on Wednesday 17th June.
During its time away from the centre, The Rowland Emett Society, Pete Dexter and the team at intu have worked together to give the clock an extensive refurbishment – fixing and cleaning its 354 individual pieces to remove 40 years of repainting, grime and corrosion to have it looking even better than new.
The clock will now take up a brand new custom-built home on the centre’s upper mall where it will benefit from a full ceiling height and natural light as well as becoming a focal point for the entrance to the new dining area that will open later this year.
Nigel Wheatley, general manager at intu Victoria Centre, said: “We are really excited about unveiling the clock in its new position in the centre and can’t wait for people to be able to enjoy it once again.
“While it has been away, it has received a lot of love and care and is looking better than it ever has before. The restoration has seen it completely cleaned, missing jewels replaced with iridescent copies and copper petals which open on the hour have been specially treated to make them bright and eye-catching again.
“The clock is such an important part of Nottingham for so many people, and we feel very proud to have been able to give it such TLC over the past 12 months and see it returned to the centre for people to enjoy once again.
“The celebration of its return started earlier this month with hundreds of beautiful butterflies decorated by local schoolchildren being used to create a stunning hanging mobile that has been displayed in the centre – and we will be continuing that throughout the day on 17 June.”
The clock will be officially unveiled by Emma Jaggers, the five-year-old granddaughter of Pete Dexter, who has volunteered over 500 hours of his own time to restoring the iconic clock to its former glory, beginning a day of celebrations.
Throughout the day, an eccentric Emett expert will be on hand to answer questions about the clock and its return to the centre and customers will be able to take a seat in a special ‘living room’ to enjoy the clock’s new position and enjoy one of the cupcakes that will be dished out in celebration.
The centre will also unveil the clock’s official charity for the year – When You Wish Upon a Star – that will benefit from the donations thrown into the clock’s pool each and every year.
“We are delighted to be able to support When You Wish Upon a Star, which is a wonderful Nottingham-based charity that does such fantastic work across the country granting wishes for children living with a life threatening illness,” added Nigel.
“Our customers are incredibly generous and we have historically been overwhelmed by the amount of money we raise each year through donations from the clock’s water pool.
“This is something we were very keen to continue – we have even taken special protective measures to ensure that the clock doesn’t get damaged any further as a result of coins hitting its delicate parts, and When You Wish Upon A Star was a brilliant choice for us.”
Maggie Falconer, regional fundraiser for the charity, said: “We are delighted to see the return of the Emett Clock and as When You Wish Upon a Star celebrates 25 years of granting Wishes, it is wonderful to be chosen as the beneficiary charity.
“When You Wish Upon a Star grants Wishes for children living with a life threatening illness and the funds raised throughout the year will enable us to continue granting very special Wishes and will enable hundreds of children to swap hospital beds for sleigh rides in December when we take children living with a life threatening illness on a magical journey to meet Father Christmas in Lapland.”