THIS is the view of St Wulfram’s Church spire passers-by will see for many months to come.
The damaged spire has been made secure until work - expected to cost £550,000 - can begin next year.
It was during an inspection in the autumn of last year that damage was discovered to the top 24ft section of the iconic spire. Iron cramps between stones have corroded and are causing cracks to appear in the stonework.
A working party of fund-raisers has been formed to concentrate on raising the money needed.
The rector Canon Chris Andrews hopes 60 per cent of the cash needed will come from grants.
He said: “Ensuring grant applications are dealt with has got to be our first priority. We need to get those right so we don’t hold up the project by another year.
“Once sorted, we can begin a fund-raising campaign.”
Canon Andrews is pleased by the support shown by the people of Grantham.
He said: “People have a lot of affection for the spire and couldn’t bear the thought of it not being there or being damaged.
“We’re going to do our level best to make sure everything is repaired to the highest standards. It’s not going to be a worry for generations to come.”