Man finds old alarm clock that holds wake-up call from his late mother

‘Get up Edward!’: Man finds 23-year-old alarm clock which still contains a final recording from his late mother telling him to get out of bed

  • Ed Morrish, of Leeds, re-discovered the clock while digging through his garage
  • His mother Christine recorded wake-up call when he went to university in 1998 
  • It is now the only recording of her voice that Ed has left after her death in 2006 

A son has re-discovered a 23-year-old alarm clock, which still contains a recording from his late mother telling him to get out of bed which she gave him when he went to university.

Ed Morrish, 41, from Leeds but now living in Hampshire, re-discovered the clock when digging through his garage.

The audio and comedy producer tweeted: ‘When I went to university in 1998, my mother gave me an alarm clock where you could record your own alarm, so I told her to record it.

Ed Morrish uncovered a 23-year-old alarm clock, which contains a recording of his late mother

Ed’s mother Christine (pictured, left, with Ed) passed away in 2006 but thanks to the alarm clock Ed was able to show his children what their grandmother sounded like for the first time

‘I’ve just found it, and it still works. She died in 2006, and this is the only recording of her voice that I have.’

In the recording, his mother Christine Morrish is heard shouting: ‘Get up Edward’, and it is the first time Mr Morrish’s two children, aged nine and 11, have been able to hear their late grandmother’s voice.

Mr Morrish said: ‘I wasn’t shocked, really; I knew what it was as soon as I dug into the box, so I was just happy it still worked.

‘Lovely to be reminded of her voice and I laughed of course, because it was such a ridiculous thing for her to record.’

After sharing a video on Twitter, the inventor of the clock replied.

Tom Lawton said: ‘Oh my! This is amazing Ed. This was my first invention, WakeYoo. I’m so moved to hear this and hope you are well.’

Mr Morrish said he used the alarm clock throughout his time at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, and it survived a further two years in central London, eight years in Harrow, and 10 years in his current Hampshire home.

‘Nothing scares you awake like your mum, he said, adding: ‘I cannot imagine it lasted past moving in with my now-wife in 2004.’

Christine (pictured with Ed’s father) gifted the alarm clock to her son Ed in 1998 when he left home to study at the Univeristy of Manchester and can be heard telling Edward to get up

He said the family was moving stuff in the garage when they came across the two-decades-old clock.

‘The batteries had done that weird thing where they go all salty, but I took them out, scraped the contacts clean, put in new batteries – and my kids heard my mum’s voice for the first time,’ he said.

Their reaction was ‘stunned’, he said, and they asked, ‘That’s what she sounded like!?’

Mr Morrish added: ‘It’s going by the side of my bed so when the kids want to wake me up they can get my mum to do it.’

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