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stevie g
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1 of 15  Fri 27th Apr 2012 7:54am  
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50 years today the spire was placed on top of the new cathedral by RAF (see pathe news) any memories anybody Cheers Cheers Big grin
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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2 of 15  Fri 27th Apr 2012 9:43am  
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I took this photo in Priory Street when they were preparing for a dummy run at installing the fleche - I remember watching the actual installation from my bedroom window at home! Fleche installation (dummy run), 1962
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TonyS
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3 of 15  Fri 27th Apr 2012 10:48am  
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This link is to a British Pathe short film (not sure if it's the same one to which StevieG refers) which I hadn't seen before. Excellent quality and duration. Coventry Spire by Copter (then click the "play" icon)
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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4 of 15  Fri 27th Apr 2012 11:48am  
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Terrific Photo Red Thumbs up It was on the news this morning BBC
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anne
coventry
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5 of 15  Sat 28th Apr 2012 6:15pm  
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Just read an article on BBC news about the 50th anniversary of the spire being put onto the 'new' Cathedral. I remember being in town that day with my aunty, just shopping as usual, when the spire was being lowered on to the Cathedral. I remember being excited by this and thinking that it looked like a big tv aerial! Has anyone else got memories of the event? Wave

Mods note : Thanks for your post, Anne - it has been moved into this existing thread to continue discussion

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dutchman
Spon End
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6 of 15  Sat 28th Apr 2012 6:37pm  
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The remains of the GEC factory in Whitefriars Lane backed onto our garden where it formed a raised viewing platform. From on top of that I was able to watch the helicopter fly in (from Baginton?) with the spire slung underneath as well as the entire placement operation.
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anne
coventry
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7 of 15  Sat 28th Apr 2012 9:07pm  
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Very interesting! Wave
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mattash
Rugby
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8 of 15  Sun 29th Apr 2012 10:04am  
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One of the days you remember well, I was standing, watching the spire being lowered, in Cox St. But if the police want to know, I don't have an alibi. Thumbs up
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anne
coventry
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9 of 15  Sun 29th Apr 2012 2:52pm  
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Ha ha Thumbs up
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charabanc
Coventry
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10 of 15  Mon 30th Apr 2012 8:47pm  
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I lived in Cedars Avenue in Coundon in my youth and, because it was at the top of a hill, my back bedroom had a view of the city skyline. I watched the helicopter installing the fleche from my bedroom window through binoculars and then watched the report on the television news in the evening.
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anne
coventry
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11 of 15  Mon 30th Apr 2012 9:18pm  
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That must have been fascinating - what a memory to have! Big grin
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LesMac
Coventry
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12 of 15  Fri 22nd Jun 2012 3:48pm  
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I remember the helicopter putting that flying cross thingy on the roof. I worked at Goodwin Foster Brown in Cox St at the time, almost opposite to the City Mill PH so had a good view. Les
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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13 of 15  Wed 30th Jan 2013 9:42pm  
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I am sure I can remember watching the flying cross being placed on the spire by a helicopter from where I worked at the EMEB offices in Sandy Lane but I did not start work until 1963. Am I correct in thinking that the original sculpture blew down and was replaced with a plastic one ?
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pixrobin
Canley
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14 of 15  Tue 8th Sep 2015 8:49pm  
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Was out and about in the city centre again yesterday. I thought members may like to see this, what I assume to be the weather vane on top of the newer cathedral. If anyone needs a higher resolution image then please PM me.
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Cherwell
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15 of 15  Thu 16th Feb 2017 7:52pm  
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Alamy photo 1 and photo 2 of the fl├Ęche (incorrectly referred to as a spire) being transported to Coventry
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