Jewellery retailer Chisholm Hunter celebrated the first anniversary of its flagship store on Bromley High Street this week.
The team at Chisholm Hunter Bromley were joined by the mayor of Bromley, councillor Kim Botting, as they marked the shop’s milestone.
Chisholm Hunter is based in the oldest building in Bromley town centre and as part of the extensive restoration project to transform the 104-year-old three storey building, the leading retailer refurbished the famous clock.
Dating back to the 1920s, the shop’s clock was well known as an iconic location for engagements, but it was in a state of decay when Chisholm Hunter got the keys to the store. Returning the centrepiece to its former glory was a key part of the restoration project, preserving the ultimate romantic tradition for generations to come.
To celebrate its first anniversary, Chisholm Hunter has launched a search for local couples who have continued the age-old tradition of a marriage proposal under the ticking timepiece. The most romantic tale will win one lucky couple £500 of Chisholm Hunter vouchers, which can be used towards wedding bands or other Chisholm Hunter wedding jewellery.
Councillor Kim Botting, mayor of Bromley Council, said: “Happy Birthday Chisholm Hunter. We were pleased to welcome Chisholm Hunter to Bromley only a short while ago, to a store which occupies a special place in the heart of the town. The attractive art deco style 1930s shopfront and interior is one of only a few remaining in original condition in the town, with the refurbishment work ensuring that it is also equipped to cater for customers in the modern age.
“Time does not stand still in Bromley and the remarkable restoration work on the landmark clock is testament to this and was not only supported by the Council but also enabled the romantic tradition of proposing under the clock to continue.”
Harry Brown, managing director of Chisholm Hunter, commented: “We were so honoured to play our part in safeguarding the wonderful history and heritage of Bromley, by returning the iconic clock to its former glory last year.
“It’s the most historic building in the town, and has played host to royalty and VIPs over the decades, including the Queen who visited during her diamond jubilee celebrations.
“To celebrate Chisholm Hunter’s first anniversary in Bromley, we’re hoping to find a couple who have enjoyed the uniquely romantic moment of a marriage proposal under the clock following its restoration.
“In the last year we have shared so many special moments in our Bromley customers’ lives, from engagements and weddings to anniversaries and graduations, and we look forward to continuing that and creating memories together for years to come.”
Chisholm Hunter’s Bromley shop showcases an array of fine jewellery and diamond pieces, alongside watches from some of the world’s most premium brands.
If you got engaged under the clock, please contact Chisholm Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of 2015 to be in with a chance of winning £500 of vouchers.