The clock was erected in 1964 to mark Solihull’s elevation to a County Borough, meaning the council took over responsibility from Warwickshire County Council for running services in the Borough. It was set in motion on 5th May 1964.
The clock was paid for by public subscription, including through the proceeds of a ‘teenage dance’ at Solihull Civic Hall. The dance featured local groups, including the Applejacks (Solihull’s Beatles).
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