Once-in-a-lifetime chance to gain bird’s eye view of Clitheroe

A once in a lifetime opportunity to see this view for yourself. (s)
A once in a lifetime opportunity to see this view for yourself. (s)

A ONCE in a lifetime opportunity to capture a bird’s-eye view of Clitheroe is being offered by the Priest-in-charge at Clitheroe Parish Church.

The Rev. Andy Froud is offering 30 people the chance to take in the view from the top of scaffolding erected as part of a £310,000 project to repair and preserve the church’s landmark spire.

Labourer Brian Smith, Church Warden Pat Gorrill and Rev. Andy Froud among the stone from the spire which is being renovated at Clitheroe Parish Church.'Photo Ben Parsons

Labourer Brian Smith, Church Warden Pat Gorrill and Rev. Andy Froud among the stone from the spire which is being renovated at Clitheroe Parish Church.'Photo Ben Parsons

The second stage of the project to dismantle and rebuild the spire completely began in the spring.

“By next Friday, June 29th, all the stones will have been taken down and the spire will be at its lowest point,” explained Rev. Froud. “These are being stored at the rear of the church on a massive platform.

“Each level has been dismantled separately and put down on the pallets, and when you look at them it’s plain to see the reason for the work.”

Mr Froud explained how iron cramps between some of the stones have rusted, resulting in cracks to much of the stonework.

“All these stones laid out really demonstrate the reason why we are having to carry out the work and the enormous scale of the job.