America might seem a long way to go to adjust a clock.
But The Diary isn’t winding you up – that’s what a Sheffield businessman has just done.
Jonathan Rigby, managing director of Fox Wire in Stocksbridge, travelled more than 3,500 miles to Pittsburgh to continue a tradition which has been running since 1948. Every year a leading member of the UK’s wire industry goes to the US headquarters of Wire Association International to perform the ceremonial rewinding.
The tradition dates from just after World War Two when 32 British firms presented the grandfather clock as a thank-you for support during the conflict.
“My grandfather, John Rigby, served as the first ever clock winder in 1948 and my father Peter Rigby performed the duties back in 1979 and 1998,” says Jonathan, whose company manufactures and distributes wire for customers across the world. “So I was extremely proud to do this.
“Our family has kept a strong link between the UK and US wire industry over the years, and I intend to maintain it for many years to come.”
The ceremony itself took barely 10 seconds but was followed by small speeches and a chance to ‘press the flesh’ with American industrialists.