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Mercer Clock tower will be rededicated at Great Harwood Christmas lights switch on

The repair work, which was funded by Hyndburn Council and £27,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, has resulted in this much loved local landmark being restored back to its former glory.

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Mercer Clock Tower

The newly refurbished Mercer Clock tower will be rededicated at the Great Harwood Christmas lights switch-on on Friday, December 6.

The repair work, which was funded by Hyndburn Council and £27,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, has resulted in this much loved local landmark being restored back to its former glory.

As part of the project, year 5 and 6 students in local schools have been completing workbooks and doing art projects to learn about the life and times of John Mercer, to whom the clock is dedicated.

At the switch-on Lesley Mercer, who was born in the town, and local artist Eddie Foster will be unveiling and dedicating a piece of artwork, which Eddie has created to represent the work undertaken by the children during the project.

Great Harwood councillor Kerry Molineux said the Mercer Memorial Clock Tower is a huge part of Great Harwood's proud history and commended the exhibition.

She added: “The rededication and the light switch on is a community event, for all to enjoy. Everyone is welcome, so please bring all the family to Great Harwood.”

The artwork will be placed at Churchfield House during December so that local residents can get a better view. Churchfield House and the John Mercer exhibition will be opened by the Civic Society during December every Thursday and Sunday.

A preview of the children's work and the work created by Eddie was held on December 1 at 12.30pm at the Haworth Art Gallery.