A brief but violent thunder storm in the early hours of Wednesday morning saw masonry damage to Dunoon’s historic High Kirk – and caused the church clock to stop. Two pinnacles on the church steeple were struck, part of one falling on to the church roof causing damage before rolling on to a parapet and sending more masonry to the ground.
Kirk fabric convenor Alan Lothian noticed the clock had stopped and went to investigate when he saw the damage on Wednesday morning. Contractors were soon on the scene and sections of the graveyard were taped off.
One member of the congregation quipped: “I hope the insurance company don’t think it’s an Act of Gad and decline to pay out.”
A festival of flowers within the High Kirk planned for this weekend will still go ahead.
The thunderstorm also saw members of Dunoon’s retained fire service called out to two false alarms overnight – one in Knockdu and one at Bullwood – as automatic fire alarms were activated by the force of the storm.
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