Tony Myers, 80, restores window in Clifton Parish Church’s bell tower

York Press: Tony Myers, 80, with the window he has restored at the top of Clifton Parish Church tower Tony Myers, 80, with the window he has restored at the top of Clifton Parish Church tower

CHURCH DIY reached new heights when an 80-year-old parishioner scaled the inside of a bell-tower to repair a window frame, writes James Carney.

Rather than call in the builders, Tony Myers took matters into his own hands and climbed the 60ft to 70ft interior of Clifton Parish Church’s tower, supported by safety ropes supplied by fellow parishioner and experienced mountaineer Paul Brown.

Mr Myers said: “It could have cost thousands, but I reckon we did it for £15.”

He said the frame had become rotten and needed replaced, but feared the impact of bringing in contractors on church coffers.

Mr Myers worked as the church’s warden from 1979 to 1983 and said he felt a sense of duty in maintaining the building despite the risk and considerable altitude.

“I’m not frightened of heights so it was no problem,” he said.

Mr Brown hauled scaffolding planks into the belfry to use as safety barriers, which were attached to beams above the bells, while he and Mr Myers, a retired train driver, worked from a 2ft ledge. They wore safety harnesses used for mountaineering, which were clipped to safety ropes, as they completed their work over a series of afternoons.

Clifton Parish Church’s Rev Canon David Casswell said Tony and Paul saved a small fortune.

“We inquired about scaffolding, but the company that we contacted would not even give us a quote,” he said. He was concerned for Mr Myers’ safety, but said he would not have been able to stop him going up.

“Health and safety has become important, but Tony is from a time before health and safety even existed.” He said most 80-year-olds would not even think of taking on such a task, but age does not stop Tony. It’s great to have people like that.

“Tony has cared for the building for many years. He feels it is his ministry. He has done so much for us and at no cost.”

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8:33am Mon 3 Jun 13

Mister Matosis says...

This is the top story on today's News page.

Amazing.
This is the top story on today's News page. Amazing. Mister Matosis

8:48am Mon 3 Jun 13

keepitshut says...

Dread to think what the headline would have been if something had gone wrong!
Dread to think what the headline would have been if something had gone wrong! keepitshut

8:55am Mon 3 Jun 13

BKKYorkshireboy says...

Massive story this.. it might be on the 10 o clock news tonight?

Its better than reading about people dying in traffic accidents, gun/ drug crime, robberies or paedo's tho i guess!!
Massive story this.. it might be on the 10 o clock news tonight? Its better than reading about people dying in traffic accidents, gun/ drug crime, robberies or paedo's tho i guess!! BKKYorkshireboy

9:05am Mon 3 Jun 13

PKH says...

Mister Matosis wrote:
This is the top story on today's News page.

Amazing.
It is not the top story in The Press it is actually on Page 12. The only reason it is news worthy is the age of the member who carried out the repair, which is quite remarkable given he is aged 80.
[quote][p][bold]Mister Matosis[/bold] wrote: This is the top story on today's News page. Amazing.[/p][/quote]It is not the top story in The Press it is actually on Page 12. The only reason it is news worthy is the age of the member who carried out the repair, which is quite remarkable given he is aged 80. PKH

9:40am Mon 3 Jun 13

Blimp says...

Brilliant, love it! More please.
Brilliant, love it! More please. Blimp

9:42am Mon 3 Jun 13

Mister Matosis says...

PKH wrote:
Mister Matosis wrote:
This is the top story on today's News page.

Amazing.
It is not the top story in The Press it is actually on Page 12. The only reason it is news worthy is the age of the member who carried out the repair, which is quite remarkable given he is aged 80.
I'm talking about the News page on the website - and it was top of the pile at 8:00am today. I'm not doubting the achievement of the gentleman in question, or the importance of his repair work.

I was highlighting the story's position on the website: above stories about a woman's body being found and the Archbishop of York's recovery from prostatectomy.
[quote][p][bold]PKH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mister Matosis[/bold] wrote: This is the top story on today's News page. Amazing.[/p][/quote]It is not the top story in The Press it is actually on Page 12. The only reason it is news worthy is the age of the member who carried out the repair, which is quite remarkable given he is aged 80.[/p][/quote]I'm talking about the News page on the website - and it was top of the pile at 8:00am today. I'm not doubting the achievement of the gentleman in question, or the importance of his repair work. I was highlighting the story's position on the website: above stories about a woman's body being found and the Archbishop of York's recovery from prostatectomy. Mister Matosis

10:17am Mon 3 Jun 13

NoNewsIsGoodNews says...

Well done Tony.

Sticking two fingers up to the Elf 'n' Safety brigade for 80 years.
Well done Tony. Sticking two fingers up to the Elf 'n' Safety brigade for 80 years. NoNewsIsGoodNews

2:13pm Mon 3 Jun 13

PKH says...

I'm talking about the News page on the website - and it was top of the pile at 8:00am today. I'm not doubting the achievement of the gentleman in question, or the importance of his repair work.

I was highlighting the story's position on the website: above stories about a woman's body being found and the Archbishop of York's recovery from prostatectomy.
The Press want people to by the 'hard' copy so they are hardly going to put the more important stories on the 'net first.
[quote] I'm talking about the News page on the website - and it was top of the pile at 8:00am today. I'm not doubting the achievement of the gentleman in question, or the importance of his repair work. I was highlighting the story's position on the website: above stories about a woman's body being found and the Archbishop of York's recovery from prostatectomy.[/quote] The Press want people to by the 'hard' copy so they are hardly going to put the more important stories on the 'net first. PKH

2:55pm Mon 3 Jun 13

Mister Matosis says...

PKH wrote:
I'm talking about the News page on the website - and it was top of the pile at 8:00am today. I'm not doubting the achievement of the gentleman in question, or the importance of his repair work.

I was highlighting the story's position on the website: above stories about a woman's body being found and the Archbishop of York's recovery from prostatectomy.
The Press want people to by the 'hard' copy so they are hardly going to put the more important stories on the 'net first.
Good point.
[quote][p][bold]PKH[/bold] wrote: [quote] I'm talking about the News page on the website - and it was top of the pile at 8:00am today. I'm not doubting the achievement of the gentleman in question, or the importance of his repair work. I was highlighting the story's position on the website: above stories about a woman's body being found and the Archbishop of York's recovery from prostatectomy.[/quote] The Press want people to by the 'hard' copy so they are hardly going to put the more important stories on the 'net first.[/p][/quote]Good point. Mister Matosis

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