On 2nd May, Oakwood Day 2015 celebrated the return of the newly restored Oakwood Clock to its pride of place as the gateway to Roundhay Park in north Leeds.
For the past two years, several local residents have been working to save the Oakwood Clock from deteriorating by fundraising to ensure that the Clock will be present for future generations to enjoy. The Heritage Lottery Fund as well as generous donations from Marilyn and Graham Stowe as well as many local residents have helped to raise the funds for the restoration of the clock.
OTRA (Oakwood Traders and Residents Association) organized the Oakwood Day event and the Lord Mayor officially unveiled the Oakwood Clock at 1.30pm. There was music from local musicians as well as local artisan stalls, food stalls and everyone got the chance to have their photo taken in the Oakwood clock photobooth. There was a wide variety of kid’s activities including face painting. A bar was supplied by Preston bar. Visitors to the day were also able to leave their memories of the clock and the day in a visitor’s book. A time capsule was inaugurated at the base of the Oakwood Clock by the first chair of OTRA, Roger Williams. It will contain contributions from local schools and residents, not to be reopened until 2112. Engraved paving slabs bought by local residents were also unveiled by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Stan Hardy. A heritage trail was tried out around the area during led by Oakwood Church.
Whilst the weather deteriorated in the evening it was reasonable for the afternoon events and everyone seemed to have a good time