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Pair scale Salisbury spire to change light bulbs

Thu 16 Mar 2017
By Premier Journalist

Two workers with a stomach for heights have scaled Britain's tallest cathedral spire in order to change four light bulbs.

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Gary Price, Richard Pike and two safety rope experts took three hours to climb Salisbury Cathedral's 404ft spire earlier this week.

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The group climbed ten ladders before ascending the final 39ft on metal rungs.

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When they reached the top, Pike and Price posed for a selfie.

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The Wiltshire cathedral is adorned with four aircraft warning lights. The bulbs have a life of 10,000 hours.

Salisbury's Cathedral spire was built in the 14th century. It survived lightning strikes in 1431, 1641 and 1741.

The top 30ft of the spire was rebuilt in 1950 and both spire and tower extensively restored between 1986-1996.

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