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Braille Grandfather Clock

Two tactile grandfather clocks which stand in both in our Headquarters in London and at our oldest centre in Brighton were made by an extraordinary blind veteran named Fred Galway. 

Braille grandfather clock

He joined the Irish Guards as a Guardsman at the age of 20 and was sent to France to cover the retreat of Dunkirk until he was blinded in an explosion in Boulogne. Fred had been employed as a printer before the war and upon coming to Blind Veterans UK he undertook a number of training courses and found his skills in woodwork and craft. He was successfully employed for many years after this and in 1992 and 1993 he presented our HQ and Brighton centre with braille grandfather clocks. No clock like this had ever been seen before. It took Fred a total of seven months to plan and construct these clocks.