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Truro Cathedral weather vane re-gilded and restored

Truro Cathedral's weather vane has been put back at the top of the building's highest spire after being restored.

The vane was taken down and re-gilded using very thin sheets of 24-carat gold.

Children from Tregolls School took part in a tradition of jumping over the vane before it was reinstalled on the Victoria Tower.

The cathedral's Dean then climbed all the way up the 245ft (74m) spire to bless the vane.

While preparing for the blessing, the Dean, the Very Reverend Dr Christopher Hardwick, said of his visit to the top of the building: "You really got to appreciate the height of the spire and all of the craftsmanship that's gone into making this the wonderful building it is.

"It's a real privilege."

Work is being carried out on the Victoria tower, completed in 1905 and named after Queen Victoria, as part of a year-long project.

It was originally budgeted at £2m, but recent closer studies of weather-worn stone has meant its complete restoration may cost up to twice that.

However, the completion of the weather vane does mark the moving into the next phase of the project.

Stone masons have completed work on the highest parts of the tower and on badly-eroded stone further down the spire. The scaffolding, which took five months to put up and has dominated the city skyline, is now due to start coming down.

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