Clitheroe Church Spire - Photo Special

A GROUP of 24 members of the public including the Mayor of the Ribble Valley braved an overcast sky on Saturday to take part in the first of three open access mornings to the tower and spire of Clitheroe Parish Church.

The Rev Andy Froud expressed his thanks to the contractors, William Anelay Ltd and Steve Burke, the church’s architect for making the mornings possible.

A group of visitors are given their talk before going up to the St Mary's Church steeple.

A group of visitors are given their talk before going up to the St Mary's Church steeple.

“This is a major part of our heritage which Steve, William Anelay Ltd, the church, English Heritage and most importantly the community of Clitheroe are working together to preserve for future generations,” he said.

Participants on the first tour included Coun. Ian Sayers, the Mayor of the Ribble Valley, and Chris Wilkinson, technical director, of Clitheroe Light Engineering, who successfully bid for the first ticket on Ebay.

Lucy Holgate described the experience, which included a talk from Steve Burke and a chance to ask questions of him and the contractors, as “absolutely fantastic”.

Work on the rebuilding of the spire is scheduled to be completed before Christmas, but donations are still needed.

Places are also still available to tour the works on September 1st and 15th. For further details visit the church’s website or contact Rev Froud via email – andyfroud@gmail.com or telephone 0796 957 6691.