Vil­lage clock gets timely pro­tec­tion from van­dals

New tough sur­face af­ter air­gun at­tack on his­toric time­piece

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Historical Decision - By Dan Wright dwright@thek­m­group.co.uk @Dan_wrightkm

A vil­lage clock has been pro­tected with a bul­let­proof sur­face af­ter it was shot by van­dals.

The time­piece in Bridge was bought with pub­lic do­na­tions about 60 years ago to hon­our a lo­cal po­lice­man called Sgt Blee.

But vil­lagers have been forced to cover it with Plex­i­glas af­ter the air­gun in­ci­dent last year.

“The new glass means it will not get bro­ken if shot at,” vil­lage hall sec­re­tary Mark Es­dale said.

“It’s bul­let­proof. We were de­ter­mined to get it fixed be­cause it is an im­por­tant as­set to Bridge. “The clock is very pop­u­lar in the vil­lage and lots of peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate it when they are out and about or wait­ing at the bus stop.”

Fa­ther-of-two Mr Es­dale, 58, works as an elec­tronic en­gi­neer­ing lec­turer at the Univer­sity of Kent.

He found a .177 pel­let in the clock fol­low­ing the van­dal­ism in March last year and thinks it was fired from a pass­ing bus.

“The new glass is a lot lighter and cheaper, as well as bul­let­proof,” Mr Es­dale added.

“I am dis­ap­pointed the po­lice were not in­ter­ested in in­ves­ti­gat­ing it at all as it is ded­i­cated to a po­lice sergeant.

“But I want it look­ing good as many peo­ple com­mented on how sad they were to see it dam­aged.”

Mr Es­dale, who lives in Bridge High Street, says he still needs to fix the clock­face, which was bro­ken by the pel­let.

“The clock is work­ing but it has a tem­po­rary face at the mo­ment,” he added.

“It needs a pro­fes­sional job to get the face sorted, so will stay as it is for now, but peo­ple hardly no­tice.”

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Mark Es­dale with the air­gun pel­let that hit the clock, inset, in Bridge

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