Friday 25 December 2009

Advent 25: the Clocktower

As the world and its dog knows, the centre of the known universe is the clocktower in Leicester. This piece of High Gothic-ness was the winner of a competition in 1868 to create a centre piece for the newly cleared area just outside the site of the city's ancient East Gates. The site of trading and fairs for centuries, this became the centre of Leicester. From 1904-1949 electric trams ran round the clocktower, traffic choked the area for decades, but this year has finally seen the area almost completely pedestrianised.
However, the clocktower is not always the centre of civic merriment and this Christmas and New Year's Eve you will find people celebrating in the Town Hall Square as well as around the clocktower. Wherever you end up, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!