VIDEO: Church appeals for help with clock repair bill

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A church clock which has been pealing on the hour for more than 120 years has been repaired after breaking down two months ago.

The clock, at St Giles Church, was installed in 1889 but stopped working earlier in the summer when a metal spring broke.

Rev Mark Mills-Powell stands in the grounds of St Giles Church, Desborough. The church's broken clock mechanism has been repaired, �850 needs to be found to pay for it.

Rev Mark Mills-Powell stands in the grounds of St Giles Church, Desborough. The church's broken clock mechanism has been repaired, �850 needs to be found to pay for it.

An engineer from clockmakers Smiths of Derby repaired the 124-year-old mechanism earlier this week, but the church is now trying to raise £850 to pay for the repair work.

A donation point has been set up at the nearby Desborough Heritage Centre in Station Road.

Church steward David Cox said: “The clock and mechanism are obviously quite old, so there are no spare parts for it – they have to be specially made.

“The church itself is about 800 years old, so relatively speaking the clock was a recent addition.”

Church rector, the Rev Mark Mills-Powell, said he had received a lot of comments from people in Desborough about the clock not working.

He added: “I think it’s a relief to the whole town that it is back working again.”

To make a donation, visit Desborough Heritage Centre, which is open Monday to Saturday.