ETOld timers clock off
THEY were built with a simple practical purpose in mind - to allow people to tell the time. But anybody relying on some of Glasgow's public clocks could end up very confused ... because many have stopped.
Now calls are growing to save our clocks - before time runs out.
In the days before wrist watches were common, Town Hall clocks occupied prominent positions in communities across the country.
There was an old-fashioned sense of civic pride in keeping the clocks in perfect working order.
Workers used to painstakingly climb the clock towers - usually once a week - to set the traditional cog mechanism.
But with people increasingly using mobile phones or wrist watches to tell the time, many public clocks have been neglected.
City heritage experts say the main problem is that most public clocks are now in private ownership, with some buildings having multiple owners.