Floral clock would be ‘jewel in Welwyn Garden City’s crown’

PUBLISHED: 12:40 04 September 2010 | UPDATED: 18:01 06 September 2010

Dennis Lewis

Dennis Lewis

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AS WGC continues its 90th anniversary celebrations, one man is already planning for the town’s centenary in 2020.

"This is a Garden City, so it would be the jewel in the crown to have a beautiful floral clock which we could all be proud of."

Dr Dennis Lewis

Former borough councillor Dr Dennis Lewis, who has played an instrumental role in organising WGC’s 90th birthday festivities, believes that a floral clock would be a great way of marking the town’s century.

And, with time-honoured community spirit, he’s asking residents to suggest where the timepiece should be placed.

Dr Lewis told the Welwyn Hatfield Times how the idea came about.

He said: “When I called the first meeting of interested parties, everybody agreed that, while organising the 90th, we should also keep an eye on the centenary.

“This is a Garden City, so it would be the jewel in the crown to have a beautiful floral clock which we could all be proud of.

“It would be a tremendous asset to the town; it’s our 2020 vision.”

The 81-year-old said there were numerous examples of towns and cities introducing such clocks.

“They have a magnificent one in Edinburgh and they are certainly keen on them in the rest of Europe,” he said.

Dr Lewis also wants to set up a public fund to collect the minimum £50,000 cash required to buy the clock and hopes that the council will be able to contribute to it regularly over the next decade.

If you would like to suggest where the clock should be placed, call Dr Lewis on 01707 324048 or email dennis.lewis@tiscali.co.uk


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