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£30,000 roof repairs begin for storm-damaged church

Kevin Eastham

Kevin Eastham

 

Repair work to replace damaged roof tiles and a gable for a wind-battered Fylde church has started.

Fairhaven Methodist Church in Ansdell suffered extensive damage to its roof following winds of close to 100mph in February.

The church’s finance and property director, Kevin Eastham, said a “suction” effect caused slates to come loose.

He added: “The damage was to do with the way the slates were laid.

“The tiles at the top of the roof are smaller than those at the bottom. It took away a large chunk of the tiles and affected a gable.”

As winds lashed the coastline, a buoy washed up on St Annes beach, with trees felled across Lytham, St Annes and Kirkham.

Mr Eastham said church services were largely unaffected by the damage, but some plastic sheeting had to be put in place inside the church in case of rainwater coming through the roof.

He added: “It has been about six weeks since the damage happened and the church has been open as 
usual in that time.

“We’ve spoken to the contractors and they’ve said it’ll take two months to complete, which includes putting scaffolding in place.”

 

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