PEOPLE in Langport are being asked to dip into their pockets if they want to keep the town's 120-year-old octagonal clock.

The town council has launched a crowdfunding appeal to raise £7,000 to restore the iconic timepiece, which dates from the late 1980s.

It was internally upgraded in 2012, but the dial and casing has been deteriorating badly over the years.

Town clerk David Mears said the clock could become "very hazardous" if it isn't refurbished soon.

He added: "Langport Town Trust needs to raise £7,000 to have the clock professionally restored to last another 30 years.

"Scaffolding will erected and the clock face and casing will be carefully removed and sent away to specialists to be restored.

"We know Langport is loved by many and we are asking you to dig deep and be generous in supporting our project."

You can donate via this link or by cheque made payable to Langport Town Trust sent to Town Hall, Bow Street, Langport TA10 9PR quoting reference CLOCK on the reverse or by BACS to Langport Town Trust, account number 37004409, sort code 601234, quoting reference CLOCK.

A plaque will be hung in the town hall, which has had a clock since 1802, to celebrate the public's support, with the names of anyone donating £100 or more, unless they request anonymity.