Bromley's unique romantic tradition is set to continue for years to come.

The famous clock which was a feature of Bromley High Street has been restored to its former glory.

In place above jewellers Chisholm Hunter, formerly EW Payne, the timepiece has been painstakingly restored.

Dating back to the 1920s, the new owners are unsure when the clock stopped working but estimate it could be a few years.

The previous owners had removed the clock with a view to restoring it in the near future.

It was described by Chisholm Hunter as in a "state of decay and heavily corroded".

Eager crowds saw it unveiled last Saturday at an event attended by the Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Julian Benington.

The clock is best known as a popular spot for marriage proposals, with many a man popping the question under the centrepiece.

Harry Brown, managing director of Chisholm Hunter, said: "For many years young men have gone down on one knee and pledged their love under the clock and we wanted to protect that romantic tradition.

"When we embarked on the project we weren’t sure if the clock could be returned to its former glory but we are absolutely delighted with the craftsmanship Smith of Derby has undertaken, it looks terrific and we look forward to it remaining a local landmark for years to come.

"We have worked hard to preserve the shop’s history and retain many of its Art Deco features and the clock was the final piece in the jigsaw."

Smith of Derby was tasked with renovating the clock outside the 104-year-old building. 

Taking eight weeks to complete, the clock was stripped and the entire frame and caseworks were shotblasted.

The casing was painted and oven baked, before it and the dials were gilded in 23.5 carat gold leaf.

Original parts of the 1920s synchronised clock movement were replaced with more modern equipment, and the lights were replaced by LEDs.

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