The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark MP visited the Clarke Tinwhistle company last Friday. Clarke Tinwhistle is one of the oldest small manufacturing companies in Kent, if not in the country, and exports more than 80 per cent of its products to countries outside the European Union.
Tunbridge Wells Conservative MP Greg Clark visited the Clarke Tinwhistle in Five Oak Green on Friday. Clarke Tinwhistle is probably one of the oldest small manufacturing companies in Kent – if not in the whole country – as it has been producing tin whistles to the same specification since 1843, which was around the time Charles Dickens wrote ‘A Christmas Carol’!
Jim Weedon acquired the company from the Clarke family in 1986 and he has carried on its historical traditions. However, not only does Clarke Tinwhistle have a very long history, it actually exports more than 80 per cent of its products mainly to countries outside the European Union – particularly North America and China.
Robert Clarke invented the Tinwhistle nearly 175 years ago to inspire people of all ages and in particular children to enjoy music, by providing a high quality but inexpensive instrument for them to play. Jim Weedon said: “The sweet tone of a Clarke Tinwhistle is appreciated by musicians around the world”
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