Harborough jewellery shop clock struck by lorry

The skew-whiff clock is 'collateral damage' from the road closure in Coventry Road, says shop owner
The skew-whiff clock is 'collateral damage' from the road closure in Coventry Road, says shop owner

Right time, wrong place – that’s basically the story of this Market Harborough shop’s clock.

It’s a familiar face that greets shoppers outside the TJ Thornton’s jewellers in Coventry Road.

But last Friday it was bent out of shape by a delivery lorry accessing the rear of a High Street shop.

“It’s still working, even though the lorry that walloped it has bent it out of shape,” said shop owner Tim Thornton.

“It’s just one of the unfortunate casualties of the roadworks.”

The one-way road – currently blocked at the Commons car park end for flood alleviation work – has now effectively become two-way for traffic wanting to gain access to town shops.

The lorry mounted the pavement to avoid a car going in the opposite direction.

“Clockmakers Smiths of Derby say they can straighten the clock with a vice,” explained Mr Thornton.

Flood prevention work on the road is due to finish by the end of this month.

Mr Thornton said the work has had an impact on the number of customers visiting his shop, but not a very significant one.