A city businessman who donated a piece
of history to the Town Hall will unveiled
a new plaque to recognise his generous gift to the city at The Town
Hall, Bridge Street, Peterborough on Wednesday 3 December 2008.
Local entrepreneur Rinaldo Fasulo
presented the historic clock, which had been a Peterborough city
centre landmark for almost 140 years, to Peterborough City Council
in 2005. Mr Fasulo became the owner of the clock, which was
previously on the front of the old Central Library building on
Broadway, Peterborough, when he bought the building and turned it
into a nightclub in 2005.
Following restoration, it was
installed close to its original location on the front of the Town
Hall. A plaque marking his donation can now be seen next to the
clock, which Mr Fasulo inherited as a fixture on the former central
library building when he purchased it in 1990.
The clock is an important timepiece,
and was the first in Peterborough to tell 'Railway Time', meaning
the time it kept was synchronised across the country.
It was commissioned by Mr Whately
Paviour, a jeweller in Narrow Bridge Street - now the site of the
Town Hall - in 1868. Mr Paviour awarded the clock to the City in
1902. When the street was widened in 1929, the clock was moved to
the Carnegie Library. When the library was sold to Mr Fasulo in
1990, the clockwork mechanism was removed and an electric motor was
used to drive the hands. The mechanism has resided at the city's
museum ever since.
Leader of Peterborough City Council,
Councillor John Peach, said: "Peterborough City Council is pleased
to unveil a plaque recognising Mr Fasulo's donation of the former
Central Library clock to the Town Hall. The clock has an interesting
history but it started life in Bridge Street and I am delighted it
has become a celebrated part of the Town Hall since Mr Fasulo's kind
Mr Fasulo added: "This is a proud
moment for me and I would like to thank the council for honouring my
donation on the plaque. I wanted the clock to reside at the Town
Hall from the moment I acquired it. The clock has its origins on
Bridge Street and it is only fitting that this is where it should be
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