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Long Clawson man emerges after spending a week living in a church bell tower




John Adcock (65), ringing master at St Remigius Church at Long Clawson, who spent a week alone in the church bell tower to raise funds for Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland as well as highlighting the loneliness suffered by many elderly people EMN-150619-152236001
John Adcock (65), ringing master at St Remigius Church at Long Clawson, who spent a week alone in the church bell tower to raise funds for Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland as well as highlighting the loneliness suffered by many elderly people EMN-150619-152236001

After spending a week living in a church bell tower, during which he raised £2,000 for charity, John Adcock is enjoying moving around again in the fresh air.

The 65-year-old took on the challenge at Long Clawson, in aid of Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland, to highlight the lonliness felt by many elderly people in this country.

He ascended a precarious 30ft steel ladder to the belfry at St Remigius Church on June 12 and this lunchtime (Friday) he emerged from his dark confinement back into normal life.

Mr Adcock said: “It certainly wasn’t easy to be up there and I am quite glad it is finished now.

“It’s quite a long time to be stuck on your own although I did have the odd visitor.

“The worst part was not being able to walk around - I could go up and down on the ladder to use the toilet in the church but not being able to walk laterally for very far was difficult.”

Mr Adcock, who is the Long Clawson church’s ringing master, organised the fundraiser to coincide with his reaching pensionable age. He lived in a small space only 12ft square and left just to use the toilet downstairs in the main part of the historic building.

His daughter, Jackie Parlby, who lives in Melton, brought him two meals every day and, aside from the odd visitor, she was the only person he spoke to during his time in the bell tower.

He had a radio and some books to amuse himself during the day but when the power was off in the evenings it would be pitch black.

Mr Adcock, a former manager of Barclays bank in Melton, added: “The weather was terrible the first few days as it rained but after that I was able to get up on top of the tower.

“Some of the kids coming home from school would spot me and one of them shouted ‘it’s that man in the church tower’.

“I didn’t get as much sleep as normal because of the birdsong, which went on until 10 at night and started again at 3.30 every morning.”



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