Berkshire

Church choir to celebrate roof repairs with towering concert

Holy Trinity Church, Theale Image copyright Holy Trinity Church
Image caption Holy Trinity Church in Theale has been searching for funding to complete roof repairs for nearly a decade

A church is to celebrate long-awaited repairs to its roof with a special concert - at the top of its tower.

Holy Trinity Church in Theale, West Berkshire, waited nearly a decade to secure funding for the roof renovation, which cost £85,200.

Now the scaffolding has finally been taken down, and the church will celebrate with a performance from its choir on top of the bell tower.

The concert, which will also mark Ascension Day, begins at 18:50 BST.

Image copyright Holy Trinity Church
Image caption The Holy Trinity Church choir will perform on top of the 114-step tower, which looks over the West Berkshire countryside

Parishioner Simon Webb plans to film the concert using a drone.

Reverend Ann Templeman said: "The whole of the roof needed to be repaired. It's a very exciting day for us."

The parish had been trying to raise funds for the work for almost a decade, eventually securing a government grant.

Image copyright Holy Trinity Church
Image caption The roof on the tower and link of the church were not repaired when essential renovations were done to the main part of the church 10 years ago
Image copyright Simon Webb
Image caption The roof repairs began five months ago and the scaffolding was taken off the 19th Century church on Wednesday

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