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Return Of The Glock

Leicester Square's famous glockenspiel is back

Written by . Published on December 8th 2011.

Return Of The Glock

IF you're passing through Leicester Square and hear an all to familiar chime but can't pin point what the sound is, then it's probably the re-opened glockenspiel clock in the north-west of the square.

The clock, given as a gift by Switzerland and Liechenstein in1985 as a token of friendship, was removed in 2008 in conjunction with the Swiss Centre being demolished.

Perhaps more fascinating is the fact that a Derby clockmaker has been responsible for redesigning the musical clock featuring 27 bells and eleven moving Swiss figures.

Smith of Derby sales director Jim Foster said, "We faced a series of challenges to ensure the glockenspiel met a number of requirements relating to the design, fabrication and installation.

"We collaborated very closely throughout with Swiss experts to ensure we kept a very strong element of 'Swissness' running through the design.

"We are delighted with the result and hope that the glockenspiel can once again become a great attraction in the area."

The ten metre high structure was returned to the square on behalf of the Swiss for planning permission to be granted to redevelop the Swiss centre.

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