Lotus owners pay for Jim Clark clock tower repairs

The Jim Clark memorial clock in Chirnside
The Jim Clark memorial clock in Chirnside

Forty Lotus car owners from the south east of England have helped raise cash to renovate the Jim Clark Memorial Clock Tower in Chirnside.

Next month these members of the South East Lotus Owners Club (SELOC) are to visit Chirnside to see for themselves how the money has been spent.

The club members agreed to meet the £2500 cost for the renovations to the memorial clock tower and will pay a visit to the village during a two day tour to the area in May.

Club member Michael Hipperson explained: “As well as visiting the Jim Clark memorial clock we also want to see the plaque which has been affixed to the clock tower in memory of one of our fundraisers, Kevin Harvey, who sadly died last year, aged 49.

“During our two day tour we are raising money for Little Havens Children’s Hospice in Southend, Essex.

“We have raised over £200,000 for them since 2003.”

The party, who are staying at the Wheatsheaf Hotel in Swinton, will arrive in Duns onSaturday, May 4, at 11am and will visit the Jim Clark Room and the library to view an exhibition celebrating 50 years since Jim’s first World Championship in 1963.

In the afternoon they will visit the clock tower and then enjoy dinner at The Wheatsheaf in the evening with some special invited guests.

On Sunday Moning they will visit Edington Mains before lunch at the Allanton Inn.