July 21, 2016 – The Old Paris Church in Denny, Falkirk, was hit on Wednesday during a thunderstorm as heavy rain batteredthe country following a day of roasting hot weather and sunshine.
Fire and Rescue personnel had to be called following the lightning strike, which blasted a hole in the tower just before 10am and left all clocks stopped dead on 9.52am.
Roads around the church had to be closed off and traffic diverted as a temporary measure.
Church session clerk Jim Thomson said: “The strike caused damage to the stone tower, which has a weather vane on the top of it. There is now a hole in the side of the tower.
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“The only problem we have now is the roads are closed and we need to get the structural engineer in to assess the damage. If the worst comes to the worst we can hold Sunday’s service in the church hall.”
He said: “I was in the shops before it happened and I heard this huge flash and an almighty crack.”
Mr Thomson said a similar incident took place around 30 years ago, but admitted the damage was not as bad as Wednesday’s strike.
A Falkirk Council spokesperson said: “Denny Old Parish Church was struck by lightning resulting in structural damage. In the interests of public safety the roads at Denny Cross have been closed until the damage can be fully assessed.”
Denny Old Parish Church dates back to the 18th century.