“ Brand: Giles / Type: Alarm Clock „
As you probably know by now we have recently opened a lifeboat shop here in Llandudno and, as such, have seen a lot more stock than we used to have on our stall on the prom.
We have always sold Christmas cards with pictures by the late cartoonist Giles and they have always been one of our top sellers. Now we have the shop and more room to display things we have a full Giles range which includes tea towels, mugs, jigsaws and an alarm clock.
As soon as the stock arrived we took one of the alarm clocks out of its box in order to display it and we all fell in love with it - we sold our first few to the volunteers!
The clock is what I would call a traditional alarm clock with the two bells on the top - I think this is why we all fell in love with it to be honest.
The clock stands 17cm (7 inches) high and has a silver coloured case with a carrying handle on the top. It has twin silver bells on the top with a striking hammer in between. It stands on two little sliver coloured feet.
The face of the clock shows a cartoon by the famous cartoonist Giles.
During his life Giles always used to donate a cartoon to the RNLI each year for use on cards and gifts and has left us a wonderful legacy of humour.
This particular cartoon shows the inside of the lifeboat house with the lifeboat man lying on his bed fully dressed and ready to go out on a shout if called. Next to him is the fireplace with his Christmas stocking hanging there ready for Father Christmas to fill for him!
The clock itself runs on 3 x AA batteries, which are not included but won't cost you very much extra. There is a little plastic panel on the back of the clock which just has to be removed in order for you to insert the batteries.
The clock has two little wheels on the back, one of which you turn to set it to the correct time and the other you turn to set the alarm. The only other thing is a little switch which you push one way or the other to either have the alarm on or off.
Being a traditional alarm clock with the twin bells it makes a brilliant noise when it goes off! I must admit I am not keen on being woken up with a start so I don't use mine as an alarm clock but it does look stunning on my bedside table. It would be superb for those people who need something a bit louder to wake them up in the morning!
The clock comes in a plain white box and costs just £9.95. If you buy from the RNLI website at www.rnlishop.org.uk then you will also have to pay £3.95 postage and packing. Of course if you are near to a lifeboat shop you can buy one there and take it away with you thus saving the postage charges.
Quite a few people have been into our shop and commented that they are pleased to see us as they can do their lifeboat Christmas shopping without having to pay for postage.
In conclusion I would have to recommend this clock as a great gift either for someone else or for yourself! It is fun, it is useful and it is helping to save lives at sea - what more can you ask?