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Winchester Cathedral roof frame work in place

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Media captionThere were some nervous-looking faces around as the 27-tonne scaffold was lifted into place, as Duncan Kennedy reports

An operation to lift a giant 27-tonne scaffolding frame on to Winchester Cathedral has been completed.

Following a prayer from vice-dean Canon Roly Riem, the first section was lifted into place just before 09:00 GMT.

It took a day to install the scaffolding frame, which will be in place for two years while roof repairs are carried out

The work was postponed on Tuesday because the crane hoisting the sections did not have enough counterweights.

The repairs will conserve and restore lead work on the east end of the roof.

The works form part of a £20.5m scheme, which includes new exhibition spaces in the south transept and the renovation of the Learning Centre.

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Image caption The structure will cover the roof for two years while repairs are carried out
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Image caption The view from the roof of the cathedral
Image caption The scaffolding is due to stay on the cathedral for two years

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