2 May 2013

New airport clock to mark the Diamond Jubilee

DATE: 02-05-13

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Tyne & Wear, Mr Nigel Sherlock OBE and Newcastle Airport’s Chief Executive, Dave Laws, today officially unveiled The Airport Clock, a bespoke design to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The clock was commissioned by the Lieutenancy Office, on behalf of the people of Tyne and Wear to commemorate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Lord-Lieutenant and Dave Laws officially cut the ribbon to celebrate the installation and were joined by Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Fred Hoult, Deputy Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Robert Heron, Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Eileen Leask, Mayor of Gateshead, Councillor Malcolm Brain and Chairman of North Tyneside, Councillor Frank Lott.

Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle Airport, said: “We’re honoured to have been gifted this wonderful clock in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and to be joined civic dignitaries from across the region.

“We serve 4.4 million passengers a year and welcome customers from across the UK and beyond. I am sure The Airport Clock will be admired by many passing through our arrivals hall. It’s a wonderful welcome to the region.”

Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Nigel Sherlock, said: “Newcastle International Airport serves millions of passengers each year and as such an important regional asset we felt this was the ideal place to mark Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee year.

“We’re thrilled with the clock design and its place within the airport. The Airport Clock and the spirit of the Jubilee year will be enjoyed by millions of passengers for many years to come.”

The brushed steel design was created by Smith of Derby clock makers and is located within the airport terminal beside domestic arrivals.