For more than 200 years the church clock of St Michael's has kept the good people of Helston in Cornwall up with the times.Ah, you know what’s coming, don’t you?
And for all that time, a volunteer warden has trudged up the tower on his own to wind the mechanism that keeps it ticking.
Now a tradition that dates back to 1793 is coming to an end - because of the health and safety brigade.How many times has he fallen off his ladder?
Warden Roger Nott has been told the job is too dangerous because he has to climb a ladder and reach out to wind up the clock.
None. Zero times. Zip. Nada.
So, it’s not at all dangerous for the police and council to ignore anti-social behaviour, even though it has been proven to drive people to murder and suicide, but it is dangerous to allow a volunteer to climb a ladder to wind a clock?