June Repair Cafe Update

Thanks to everyone who came along to our Repair Cafe at Strip the Willow last Sunday. After a bit of a slow start things picked up in the late morning with lots of visitors bringing stuff to fix, including this vintage electric clock shown above.

When the clock arrived it had a very plain paper dial. However once we started to dismantle it we found the much more ornate original painted dial beneath, which revealed the clock to be an advertising piece for Royal Typewriters. The story goes that the current owner’s father found it in a junk shop in the USA and gave it to his daughter as a gift. When she married she came to live in the UK and brought the clock with her, never knowing about it’s secret second dial. That is until last weekend, when the original dial was revealed for the first time in more than a quarter of a century! We are now doing some research on the clock to enable more work to take place on it at our next event at Heeley City Farm.

As always, a big thankyou to all the fixers who came to help, with special mention going to new faces Kath and Simon, who came along to do sewing and knife sharpening respectively.

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