ACT OF GOD: The cross atop the Abbey of the Roses bell tower is on a lean after being struck by lightning.
ACT OF GOD: The cross atop the Abbey of the Roses bell tower is on a lean after being struck by lightning. Jayden Brown

Lightning leaves icon ‘the leaning tower of Abbey’

THE owners of Warwick's Abbey of the Roses are hailing a lightning strike that damaged a cross on the bell tower as a sign from God.

Lightning struck the historic building's bell tower for the first time in 123 years during a recent storm, leaving the cross on a significant lean.

Abbey of the Roses owner Mark Cains said the strike, which happened about 10pm, was eerie.

"We heard the strikes hit," he said.

"Then the bell rang about three times."

The owners are comparing the incident to the freak lightning strike that damaged Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue last week.

Mr Cains said it would be a tricky operation to repair the cross.

"We'll need a cherry picker to straighten the cross up," he said.

"Then we can assess the damage - something's not right."

Finding a cherry picker to conduct the repairs is proving to be a tricky operation for Mr Cains.

"It's at least 17 or 18 metres high," he said.

Mr Cains is asking for anyone with a cherry picker tall enough to assist with the repairs to please phone the Abbey of the Roses on 46619777.


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