Dunstable’s Millenium clock takes shape

IT’S now a familiar landmark on the Square, but these photographs were taken in 1999 when Dunstable’s Millennium Clock was still being erected.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 4th September 2011, 12:53 pm

It was the result of a fundraising effort, set up at breakneck speed by former Dunstable councillor Bill Stevens, to provide a fitting monument to commemorate the new century.

A committee of local people, headed by Eric Fountain of Vauxhall and Dennis Keech, chairman of ACD Tridon of Dunstable, organised an appeal to raise £80,000 to build the clock tower.

It had the wholehearted backing of the Dunstable Gazette and generated a large number of donations from local organisations and individuals.

Frank Porthouse provided a design featuring numerous local themes and the Leighton Buzzard firm of EDF prefabricated the metal structure in its small workshop.

Then came the anxious early-morning moments when the huge components arrived by lorry and a small crowd gathered to see if it all fitted into place.

But the jigsaw’s measurements were perfect!

> Yesteryear is compiled by John Buckledee, chairman of Dunstable and District Local History Society