It is reported that the Victorian town clock in Newtown, Powys is to have it’s bell silenced during the night because visitors have complained about the chining every quarter hour but some locals are upset about it. A consultation in the town was evenly split (like Brexit, perhaps) so maybe this has some way to go.
With clocks that chime so very late,
It is a case of love or hate,
And it’s divided one small town,
And views aired in the Rose and Crown.
Traditionalists say that they,
Should chime away both night and day,
While those that run the B and Bs,
Have guests they say they have to please.
“They stay away,” they all complain,
“Which really is a dreadful pain,
And then such bad reviews they write,
Because they cannot sleep at night.”
The other side was not impressed.
“To say, ‘to stop the chimes is best’,
Is nonsense and it goes against,
Our history and our common sense.
The clock has been there on its own,
Since old Queen Vic was on the throne,
And if we don’t the chiming save,
She will be turning in her grave.”
The Council thought about all this,
Not wanting to seem too remiss,
But in the end thought it was right,
The clock chimes should now stop at night.
And that is it, at least for now,
Unless there’s a complaining cow,
In which case maybe then we’ll get,