Bistrot Pierre begin search for community hero to unveil iconic Preston clock

Fishergate Baptist Church - new Bistrot Pierre and right, Trevor Kervick at work on the clock
Fishergate Baptist Church - new Bistrot Pierre and right, Trevor Kervick at work on the clock
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Today the search begins for a community hero who will play their part in a new beginning for one of Preston’s most prominent buildings.

Fishergate Baptist Church has been converted by restaurant chain Bistrot Pierre and as part of the work, it has restored the iconic 19th century clock which stopped ticking in 2011.

Now Bistrot Pierre is asking people to nominate their community heroes in the search for a special person to start the clock ticking again.

Nick White, CEO of Bistrot Pierre, pictured, said: “Having a member of the public who has made a real difference to the lives of people in Preston is the perfect way to bring the clock back to life and celebrate the reopening of this well-loved building.

“We are looking for a person who has made a real difference to Preston’s social landscape.Your community hero could be a young carer who goes above and beyond, an army veteran or someone who has been instrumental in creating better facilities for the town. We want to hear your stories.”

The restaurant opens its doors on Monday August 6 and a few days later, on Thursday August 9, the winning community hero will be in pride of place at the official ceremony to switch on the clock.

The ceremony, at noon, will be open to the public.

The community hero also wins a three-course dinner with house wine for two (see terms and conditions).

As part of the restoration, Bistrot Pierre worked alongside clock specialists Cumbria Clock Company which repairs and maintains some of the UK’s most prestigious clocks including Manchester Town Hall and Manchester Cathedral. Trevor Kervick, 72, brought the clock face back to life, scaling 36 metre scaffolding to paint the four clock faces by hand.

Nick said: “The building restoration has really captured the attention of the local community, especially with the repairs to the clock, which has not worked for several years, and we can’t wait to celebrate this with the people who live alongside it.”

How to nominate:

To enter yourself or nominate your local hero, email competitions@lep.co.uk with:

• The reason behind your nomination – why is your nominee a community hero?;

• Your name and telephone number;

• The name and telephone number of your nominee;

• Closing date for nominations is midnight Sunday August 5 2018.

Standard Johnston Press competition rules apply. Please give permission for us to contact you if you are a winner, by putting YES on your email entry.

Your details will only be used for the purposes of this competition and not be passed to a third party or used for marketing purposes. The winner can enjoy dinner on any date, subject to availability at Bistrot Pierre, Preston. More at : bistrotpierre.co.uk/terms-and-conditions