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New top for tower

Posted 17 January 2012
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Walkers on Darwen Moor in Lancashire will be able to enjoy a new sight close up once it opens, after the famous Jubilee Tower had a new turret added.

The top of the folly has had a metal dome - and lost it - on various occasions, with the first case being in 1947 when it blew off, with part of it ending up in a back garden.

This was replaced in the 1960s, but was lost last year in high winds.

However, a new top has been lowered on by helicopter and walkers wearing their thermal socks and braving the cold on the moor last weekend found the normal access via spiral staircase up the inside of the tower was not available, with the gate shut for safety reasons so work on completing the new top can be finished.

Built in 1897 to mark Queen Victoria's 60th year on the throne, the Jubilee Tower is at the northern end of the moor and can be visited via a number of paths and walking routes that converge on it, including the Tackler's Trail that also takes in the ruins of Hollinshead Hall.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801266727-ADNFCR