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Aberdeen church creates metal cross to prevent youths climbing onto roof

Woodside Parish Church, left, picture by Kami Thomson. 
The cross, right, was made by Baird Shepherd
Woodside Parish Church, left, picture by Kami Thomson. The cross, right, was made by Baird Shepherd

A talented Aberdeen parishioner has created a metal cross to stop “mischievous” children from climbing onto a church roof.

Baird Shepherd is a member of Woodside Parish Church and offered his assistance after the congregation decided to take action to protect the building from vandals.

However, they did not want a traditional safety barrier amid fears it would spoil the look of the church.

Reverend Markus Auffermann said: “We had problems with kids from the neighbourhood climbing on our roof and getting up to mischief.

“They damaged a few things so we were very worried and understandably upset but we were also very concerned for their safety.”

“The idea we had was to build a barrier made out of metal and our devoted and committed member, Baird Shepherd, put a cross into the centre of  the metal barrier.

“People look at it and they can have their own interpretation of what it stands for. He did a really great job and others have commented on how it looks.”

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