Prince invited to damaged church after Plymouth lightning storm
A CHURCH badly damaged by lightning is being repaired – and will be modernised, a parishioner has said.
Holes were blasted in the roof of Pillaton Church, in Saltash, after the freak bolt of lightning during storms on January 21.
The lightning struck the bell tower and exploded one of the turrets.
It also scattered rubble into the churchyard and close to the 12th century pub next door, The Weary Friar.
Tony Rowe, chairman of the fabric committee at Pillaton Church, said: "It's probably the most important thing to ever happen to Pillaton. I informed the Prince of Wales because he is patron for the churches in this area and invited him to visit while repairs are underway.
"It's all going well, everyone's working like mad.
"Unfortunately we might have to demolish more than we thought to undertake the repair work – we have taken out two stained glass windows to keep them safe while we repair surrounding stone work"
Church members are holding a meeting at 6pm tonight in the Weary Friar to discuss the next step.