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City Hall chime silent during clock repairs

The clock on the tower at Victoria City Hall is undergoing repairs. - Emma Prestwich/News staff
The clock on the tower at Victoria City Hall is undergoing repairs.
— image credit: Emma Prestwich/News staff

Those who noticed the time on the City Hall clock tower stuck at 5:10 this week aren't crazy. The hands of the clock and the bells have been still since Monday as the clock undergoes repairs.

Components of the 120-year-old pulley system that controls the clock were sent away Monday to be worked on by a specialized engineer. The clock is expected to be working again by Saturday.

City of Victoria spokesperson Katie Josephson said she doesn't think many people still rely on the clock tower to tell time, but it's important to draw attention to the maintenance.

"The objective is to let people know not to rely on the clock this week as a watch," she said.

In 2006, the city restored the tower, built in 1891, to its original appearance. The tower and City Hall are a national historic site.

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