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Giant backwards clock pegged as next big attraction for Diss

Giant backwards clock being delivered to Reads Property Developments in Diss.
Giant backwards clock being delivered to Reads Property Developments in Diss.

Could a gigantic backwards clock become the next big thing in Diss business park, following its unusual arrival earlier this week?

That is the hope of Hopper Way-based company Reads Property Developments, after announcing their acquisition of the Tobar clock, a one-of-a-kind artefact boasting a six-metre diameter and a weight of two tonnes.

Purchased with a winning bid of £1,175 during a sale at Durrants Auction Rooms, the clock received a special police and wide load escort to the town’s business estate yesterday, ahead of applying to South Norfolk Council for permission to put it in the park as a public amenity.

Paul Downing, the Senior Commercial Manager at Reads, told the Diss Express: “We thought it could be quite a landmark for Diss and become an attraction not only for the park, but also Diss itself.

“We heard it was being put up for auction and we just thought it was something a bit different.”

The clock was originally constructed in 2008 by engineer Tim Hunkin, and served as the centrepiece attraction for the Tobar Toys and Hawkin’s Bazaar Distribution Centre at the Ellough industrial estate in Beccles, Suffolk, but was recently placed on sale by the centre’s new owners.

It was built with features such as light sensors, which allow it to illuminate the clock face when it is dark, a rapidly oscillating minute hand designed to emulate a normal clock’s movement, and a control box that is able to dynamically change the time based on radio signals.

Mr Downing added: “It will be a great talking point for the town and we are very excited about the prospect of putting it in the park. Hopefully, we can get planning permission. It would be a shame not to have it up.”

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