Flint Town Hall could house 1930s poems discovered inside clock

Published date: 31 January 2014 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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HISTORIC poetry found in a grandfather clock could take pride of place in the heart of a town centre.

Community leaders in Flint want to display the the Rhymes of Flint – which paints a colourful pictures of the town in a bygone age – at the town hall.

The rhymes are remarkable handwritten snapshots of history penned about 80 years ago.

The poetry volume by John Alexander Timothy remained hidden until Jimmy Eccles, of Southport, made the discovery while cleaning a clock in 1980.

Mr Eccles has been hell-bent on the verses returning to Flint, the town which was the muse for the rhymes.

During a Flint Town Council meeting, Cllr Vicky Perfect asked members if they would consider displaying the rhymes in the town council chambers.

Cllr Perfect said she was delighted to see the book of poems come back to the area – adding “many groups in the town have gained from his generosity”.

Cllr Alex Aldridge also said he would like to see the poems put on display.

“They do form part of history,” he said. “He made a significant contribution of virtue and it is essential this found material is kept in a safe place.”

The works capture numerous characters and places in and around the town.

Speaking of places such as Sydney Street, the Old Red Pits, Corporation Street, Castle Villa and Roskell Square, the author describes many Flint characters and events in the 1930s.

He reminisces about people such as blacksmith Joe Hughes, mailman John Williams and town crier Jack Paynter, while touching on everything from his love of Halkyn Road and May Day celebrations to nature spots, places he was not to play and cures for warts.

John Alexander Timothy, born on September 15, 1912 on Feathers Street, was the son of joiner Edward James Timothy and Katie Timothy (née Fox).

He later moved to Halkyn Road and lived to the age of 90, working as a chemist before his death in 2003.

When he died it was revealed the author, also known as Jack, left money to the town of Flint. This spawned The Jack Timothy Trust, supporting numerous local causes.

Members at the meeting agreed to look into the financial cost of buying a display cabinet to home the rhymes in the town.

Cllr Perfect also suggested applying to The Jack Timothy Trust for funding to enable them house the memorabilia and put it on show for the various groups who tour the council chambers.

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