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Shakespeare's church at risk

The Grade I-listed church in which William Shakespeare is believed to have worshipped is in desperate need of repairs mounting to a cost of £3-4 million.

Holy Trinity Church, in Stratford-upon-Avon, is in serious need of restoration work despite the many thousands of visitors it welcomes through its doors each year.

The 800-year-old church sits on the banks of the River Avon, and is both where Shakespeare was baptised and where he lies buried.

However, the church, which announced its plans for repair work three years ago, has hit problems in trying to raise funds for the work on its spire and tower.

Reverend Martin Gorick said: 'We have had to do the repair work in stages, to allow us to raise the money needed. The problem at the moment is that we need to raise £100,000-200,000 to repair the tower as the price to rent scaffolding alone is £800 a week.'

The church has launched a Save Our Spire fundraising campaign with hopes to raise the cash and avoid an 'immediate crisis'.

by Richard Vaughan

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