Your views in pages of letters
Almost 60 years ago, as a newly qualified nurse at St George’s Hospital London, I was looking forward to my wedding.
As I made the beds with the ward sister one day she asked me what I had in my ‘bottom drawer’. Actually, I had very little in it, but I said something I really wanted was a clock to go on the mantelpiece.
She said she had two old clocks that had come down in the family and I was welcome to one of them. It was rather ornate and she didn’t like it much!
So my fiancé and I set off on his Lambretta to see it for ourselves. We were presented with an ormolu marble clock with elaborate gilding. We thought it was unusual and lovely, and we proudly returned to my bedsitter with this rather large clock on my lap sitting astride the back of the scooter!
Since 1959 the clock has always had pride of place in the house. It chimes on the hour and half hour and has a large key to wind it up each week. A friend in the village looks after it occasionally, but it ticks away with its pendulum and keeps very good time.
HELEN LEWIS Hollesley Suffolk
Helen Lewis’ ormolu marble clock.