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Saturday 20 October 2018

Carry On… turning up on time: Kenneth Williams’ alarm clock sold at auction

It was bought by a private collector who had been bidding by phone from Gibraltar.

The alarm clock formerly owned by Carry On star Kenneth Williams (Catherine Southon Auctioneers and Valuers/PA)
The alarm clock formerly owned by Carry On star Kenneth Williams (Catherine Southon Auctioneers and Valuers/PA)

By Flora Thompson, Press Association

An alarm clock which faithfully helped a Carry On star turn up on time for every single film call has sold for £1,100 at auction.

The 1960s Swiza clock belonged to Kenneth Williams, who was in 26 of the 31 films in the comedy series – more than any other actor.

It was expected to fetch between £60 and £100 when it sold alongside three letters written by Williams at Catherine Southon’s auction at Farleigh Golf Course, Surrey, on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for the auction house said there was huge interest in the clock and it was bought by a private collector who had been bidding by phone from Gibraltar.

Fan Hester Fernee, 73, of West Wickham, bought the clock at a fundraiser in 1978 in aid of travels planned by Robin Knox-Johnston who had become the first person to perform a single-handed non-stop
circumnavigation of the globe nine years earlier.

Celebrities, including Williams, had donated items to be sold for the cause.

The clock came with a letter from him which said: “This dear old clock has unfailingly wakened me since 1960 for every early film call I’ve had.”

Mrs Fernee then wrote to him and he responded to say: “It’s a good alarm and never let me down and I am a stickler for punctuality.”

She decided to take it to be valued by Ms Southon in January this year because she was downsizing.

Press Association

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