(CMR) Lisa Arch-Scott and a team of dedicated men are working together to give Cayman's historic 84-year-old town clock a makeover and some much-needed TLC after it was discovered that it was not working.
Arch-Scott, a Cayman history enthusiast, is working on a documentary on the town clock and its amazing history. It was through that process that she came to understand the clock was being neglected and needed some repairs. She then reached out to clock expert, Stefan Breitenlechner, from Kirk’s Jewelry to assist with servicing the clock's mechanism itself. He had serviced the clock for some time now but was unable to reach the four faces to repair the hands.
Noland Stewart from Coral Stone Construction & Maintenance provided the bucket truck free of charge to assist Breitenlechner. Tony Coe from The Installation Co. also stepped up and changed the light bulbs and sensors.
Arch-Scott will arrange for the clock to be wound up on a weekly basis and ensure regular servicing is conducted going forward.
She explained that her interest in the town clock was peaked when she did an ancestorial documentary on Beloved Isles Cayman's composer, the late Leila Ross Shier (nee McTaggart). Not only was Ross Shier an artist, musician, teacher, librarian and organist but she was also Arch-Scott's great-grandmother. Her passion for Caymanian history has led her to undertake another documentary project – this time on the town clock.
She shared with CMR
“I am doing a documentary on the town clock. It came to my attention that the clock was not working and was in need of attention. It is so nice to see so many people willing to donate of their time for this national treasure. I had a conversation with a gentleman who had done a brochure on the clock. It was interesting. I love our history and I think we need to tell our story.”
The town clock was built in 1937 in memory of Queen Elizabeth II's grandfather, George V who served as King from 1910 to 1936.