Poll for the bell's toll
LONDON has Big Ben, but Barrhead's own clock may chime in the new year on Hogmanay, it was revealed this week.
The town hall clock was finally restored to working order last week after nearly a decade of its hands being stuck at 12 o'clock.
Now East Renfrewshire Council wants people to have a say in whether they want the timepiece to 'bring in the bells' - and even what tune they want to play if not Auld Lang Syne.
A council spokeswoman said: "It's a new feature for the town and for the town hall and we want to give Barrhead residents the chance to engage with something fun and a little bit quirky."
The clock has never before had a chime function and rather than install a traditional set of bells or chimes, the council took the decision to install an electronic system that has the capability to play tunes.
The speaker is able to broadcast at a volume that can be heard across the town, similar to a traditional church bell.
Readers can take part in the poll online or by calling the Barrhead News.
Regeneration convener, Councillor Tony Buchanan said: "The refurbishment of the Barrhead Museum and restoration of the town clock lock is symbolic of all of the regeneration going on in Barrhead.
"Despite tough economic times, it's definitely our time for positive change."
As well as a yes or no vote for the clock to chime at New Year, readers can also leave their comment.
Residents can respond to the poll by contacting Sean Rooney at the Barrhead News on 0141 435 8885 with your reasons for yes or no, or complete an online poll at www.surveymonkey.com/s/9GWJ8FS
This article appeared in Barrhead News 12 Dec 12