A good head for heights is essential for the work being carried out on the spire of St Peter’s Church, in Onchan.
Steeplejacks Tom Phillips and Terry Gunn of High Level Maintenance have come over to the island from Lancashire to carry out the work. It involves repointing the spire with lime mortar as well as installing a second lightning conductor.
It is hoped that the repointing will address the damp that is affecting the inside of the building.
The Friends of St Peter’s are raising money through the Inspire Appeal for repairs to the spire as well as to improve disabled access to the church. Since the appeal’s launch in 2011,more than £33,000 has been raised.
The church was consecrated in 1833.
The previous church on the site was St Catherine’s, famous because it witnessed the marriage of William Bligh in 1789, later to Captain ‘HMS Bounty’ on which the infamous mutiny took place. (JM140415-36)