Scaffolding put up on wrong house in Cornwall removed

Image caption The scaffolding around the chimney was marked in yellow and blue

A scaffolder who mistakenly clad part of a bungalow in Cornwall has apologised and removed the structure.

Alan Balding, 69, was shocked to find the scaffolding all around the chimney of his house in St Breward after he returned from a day out.

The scaffolding bore no contact details, but after some inquiries Mr Balding was contacted by Chris Spear.

Mr Balding said Mr Spear was "very apologetic" and that he had had international interest in his story.

The only clue about the owners of the scaffolding was that the frame was marked in yellow and blue.

Mr Balding said: "Somebody had spotted some scaffolding in Camborne that looked exactly like what I had described. I had a look and it was the same stuff."

He contacted the company whose name was on the Camborne structure, TJR Scaffolding.

TJR Scaffolding said it was not its equipment, but added that it had recently sold some to another company and got the other firm to contact him.

Chris Spear arrived on Thursday and took down the structure in about 15 minutes.

Mr Spear said: "If I'm completely honest, it was a mix-up between me and person who ordered the job, plus probably a few too many beers the night before."

Mr Balding said it was "a very good end to this" and that he had had calls from around the world about it.

He said: "Even the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation phoned me. They thought it was highly amusing and put it out."

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