Tall Fanta clock in downtown Belize City by the market, 1990-1992
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Looking south down Albert Street from Swing Bridge. I think I shot this photo in the 1980s. The clock is not showing the correct time, based on the shadows on the ground, the clock is indicating 8:40 and the shadows indicate near midmorning. Photo by Alan Jackson.


Photo courtesy George Villanueva.

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Tall Fanta clock in downtown Belize City by the market, 1990-1992

Alan Jackson: As I recall, that Coca Cola/Fanta clock was installed in 1978 or so. Has Coke been getting free advertising all this time or do they pay for its upkeep? The clock is still there.

Albert Paul Avila: The clock belongs to Bowen. Whether they are paying a fee for the location is another story. But Bowen invested in the Mule Park Monument that is at that location so I think they have earned the right so to speak.

Glenn Tillett: That clock was always an hour or more slow...

The market across the street used to serve delicious breakfasts...

Micheal H.M Bowen, CEO, Bowen & Bowen, Sept 6, 2011: "The Coca Cola clock has been a fixture at this location since 1969, and we about Bowen & Bowen are proud of this clock, although at times it has not always told exactly the right time. Hopefully we fixed this problem, so far so good. Earlier this year, there were discussions about removing this clock, though the coordination of City Council and with the agreement of the Mayor; Bowen & Bowen was given the opportunity to not only to protect the clock but to restore Mule Park. As you can read on the plaque. Mule Park is been a central location of Belize City for when drayage of the day was the mule and cart. At that time it was a place where the mules can park under the trees for rest and the draymen would come and have conversation, incorporating Mule Park as an element of their daily lives. This central significance was exemplified when Karl Heusner recommended the placement of three cannons which represented proud moments of our history be placed at this location. Mule Park stands once again as a proud monument in the central Belize City. But in my opinion we are not here to inaugurate Mule Park, Mule Park has always been here, why I believe we are here today, is to honor the past and to look to the future. Looking at the restore Mule Park I see things we can do together when we focus on what can be done".

Eugene Trench: In the past none of those public viewing clocks showed the correct time, the clocks were Supreme Court Building Barrack Rd, & this Bowen & Bowen one in front of the old market at Mule Park. Recently the Barrack Rd & Mule Park ones have been fixed and are showing the correct time The one one at the Supreme Court building is just a historical relic.

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