Campaign to restore Chichester’s wishbone landmark

The Shippams clock with the wishbone hanging beneath it.
The Shippams clock with the wishbone hanging beneath it.

CALLS have been made for the ‘historically symbolic’ wishbone to be restored to the clock on the former Shippams factory in Chichester.

The wishbone hung beneath the clock on the building in East Street until it fell down before Christmas, but it has not yet been replaced.

Douglas Callen, 71, of Kingsham Road, worked at the factory from 1958 until 1999 and feels the piece of the city’s history should be restored.

“I would love to see it put back up there, and I am sure a few other people would as well,” he said.

“I am really unhappy and sad about it to be honest, to think that something else to do with the history of Chichester has disappeared.

“It’s such a sad thing to see that it’s now gone and to think it may have been thrown away.

“People say that all the time it hangs there it brings good fortune to the community and that’s what they believe.”

It was not originally planned to put the clock back on the building, but it was re-installed when it reopened in 2007 after a campaign by the Observer and city councillors.

Chichester City Councillor Pam Dignum said the wishbone was ‘historically symbolic’.

Kier Property Services sold the building to Bankuwait Nominees Ltd and Gravitas Holdings PCC in April this year. Mitchell Nicholls is the managing agent for the owners, and Alan Mitchell, partner at the firm, said the wishbone would soon be restored.