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Greenwich Visitor FOR RESIDENTS & VISITORS SINCE 2010 THE FREE GREENWICH, BLACKHEATH, ELTHAM, CHARLTON,WOOLWICH, LEE GREEN. AUGUST 2016 No70


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Engineers baffled as icon fails after 133yrs


in publicity shot for BBC’s The Secret Agent.


Main pic: TONY CLARK


TV STAR: Time Ball


THE Time Ball on the Royal Observatory is one of the iconic sights of Greenwich. And millions of TV viewers have seen it on the recent Sunday night TV drama The Secret Agent…


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HISTORIC TIME BALL IS STUCK


But the red timepiece – which rises and falls to mark 1pm each day – has a secret of its own – it’s stopped working! And the reason is a mystery. Visitors from around the world – as well as residents strolling through Greenwich Park – have waited at five minutes to the hour to see the ritual, which first took place in 1883. The Time Ball was installed at the home of Greenwich Mean Time as a visual symbol for Victorian sailors and dock workers on the River Thames.


the red ball rises half way up its mast. At 12.58pm it reaches


the top.


And at 1pm precisely the ball is supposed to fall back down. But now poeple are


Every day at 12.55pm


bemused when it doesn’t happen. It is believed to have been damaged during recent storms. A spokesperson for Royal Museums Greenwich – which operates the Royal Turn to Page Four


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