A CROSS placed on the top of Helsby Hill to celebrate Easter has been destroyed after it was unbolted and pushed off the summit over the weekend.
The heavy wooden cross is taken up the hill on the Thursday before Easter by a members of St Paul’s Church, Vicarage Lane, Helsby and Helsby Methodist Church, Chester Road, and is normally taken down on Easter Monday.
St Paul’s church warden Joan Langton said: “It has been pushed off the top.
“Two of the bolts were undone and the rest were broken from rocking it back and forward before it was pushed off the hill top.
“Whoever has done it has gone up there with the idea of doing it, the bolts aren’t easily removed.”
The cross was found at the bottom of the hill and has been completely destroyed.
“It’s an expensive piece of wood,” added Joan.
Taking the cross to the top of the hill has been a tradition that has taken place for more than 40 years in the village.
“In the past the whole town would walk the heavy wooden Cross up to the hill top, recreating the stages of the Cross, nowadays a working group of five people take it up on a trailer and bolt it in place,” said Joan.
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