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why do people flock from all over the world to look at this tacky clock? I live in chester and i don't understand why millions of tourists have to take pics of it in the middle of the street and get in the way! It's a hidious clock, so please tell me why people are so amazed by it?
Maybe because they do not wear watches ??
If it's the one on Eastgate, maybe it's because they think it's a) a nice bit of Victoriana or b) a nice bit of engineering/design or c) well-known for either or both reasons.
Or maybe they think it's just arresting/pretty/on the site of the Roman east gate/on the cover of some guidebook somewhere so is thought to represent Chester.
Personal taste is infinitely variable; just as well, or the world would be hugely boring.
I don't know - maybe they come to see Chester rathe than the clock?
I think tourists mainly flock to Chester because of its cathedral and Roman heritage.
Of the city's more modern landmarks, although I prefer Stephen Broadbent's sculptures, I don't think the clock is that bad. It does, as you rightly point out, get photographed a lot. In fact, it is the second most photographed clock in Britain, after Big Ben. One of the reasons for this is probably its prominent, central location.
PS Sorry, I'm one of the guilty people who photgraphed it.
and can't spell either :(