Floral clock is jewel in Whitby’s crown to celebrate Jubilee

A new floral clock which celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee has been unveiled in Whitby's Pannett Park this week. Designed in the shape of a crown with the timepiece at its centre, the clock features the words 'Pannett Park, Whitby' and includes a reference to the Queen's 60 years on the throne. Picture: Chris North
A new floral clock which celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee has been unveiled in Whitby's Pannett Park this week. Designed in the shape of a crown with the timepiece at its centre, the clock features the words 'Pannett Park, Whitby' and includes a reference to the Queen's 60 years on the throne. Picture: Chris North
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A new floral clock which celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has been unveiled in Whitby’s Pannett Park.

Designed in the shape of a crown with the timepiece at its centre, the clock features the words “Pannett Park, Whitby” and includes a reference to the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

It has been installed by Scarborough Council parks staff in partnership with volunteers from the Friends of Pannett Park and sponsored by Kebbell Homes.

Council parks officer Chris Roe said: “The clock was installed in the park in 1953 to celebrate the Queen’s Coronation, so it’s very fitting we have been able to remodel the design to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.”

After it was installed in 1953, Pannett Park’s floral clock and the floral displays incorporated into the design were for many years a much loved feature of the park and Whitby.

Unfortunately by 1979 the clock had fallen into disrepair, its hands were removed and the planting reverted to a normal flowerbed.

It remained like this for 27 years until in 2006 the Friends of Pannett Park secured grants and sponsorship to reinstate the clock, create the Whitby Time Line, and carry out landscaping improvements to the surrounds.