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Edinburgh's Balmoral Hotel clock stops after power cut

Balmoral Hotel clock Pic: Joanne MacAulay
Image caption The Balmoral Hotel clock stopped at 09:05 following the power cut

Edinburgh's landmark Balmoral Hotel clock was running 90 minutes behind after a power cut was caused by tram workers who severed a cable.

About 100 shops and businesses in the city centre were without electricity for almost one-and-a-half hours before it was restored at about 10:30.

Scottish Power has apologised for the inconvenience to customers.

The clock was later reset and now shows the correct time again.

The clock famously runs two minutes early in order to help commuters catch their trains at nearby Waverley Station.

A Scottish Power spokeswoman said: "It was caused by work carried out in the area by a third party."

An Edinburgh City Council spokesman confirmed that the tram works had caused the power cut.

He said: "We can confirm that a power outage took place on Princes Street at about 09:00.

"We would like to apologise to all those businesses and residents affected."

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