Cockerel gets clean after more than 60 years

PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 April 2018

Rev. Tom Webber, vicar of Christ Church with pupils of Christ Church School and Colin the Cockerel.

Rev. Tom Webber, vicar of Christ Church with pupils of Christ Church School and Colin the Cockerel.

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Youngsters of Christ Church Primary school have been amazed by a cockerel called Colin which has sat on a church roof for more than 60 years.

The weather vane at Christ Church, in Montpelier, has been taken down for maintenance.

Colin has sat on the top of the church’s spire since the 1950s.

Reverend Tom Webber decided to take Colin to the primary school, in Baker Street, to teach pupils about the history behind using cockerels as weather vanes.

He said: “Colin has been battered during the past 60 years.

“According to our records, the last time any maintenance was carried out on him was in the 1960s, so it is about time he had a fresh lick of paint.

“He is going to be regilded and polished and we hope to have him sitting on our roof again soon.

“The kids loved learning about Colin and were amazed by his design.”

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