Lightning fast return for cockerel

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The cockerel on top of the spire at All Saints Church in Leighton Buzzard has flown back.

The ancient weather cock was removed last month for repair and repainting. The weather had taken its toll, so that it no longer shined in the sun or floodlights and only reluctantly turned in the wind. But now it’s back on its perch, complete with lightning conductor.

It is inscribed “Repaired the spire and church October 1852” – the year the church had been struck by lightning and the top 10ft of the spire demolished.

Its repair and restoration is being funded by a special donation made through All Saints Preservation Trust.