Murray climbs church spire

Kirkcudbright Parish Church
Kirkcudbright Parish Church

Kirkcudbright Primary pupil Murray Hinchliff recently took the top score in his P7 class after a quiz about the town’s parish church and his prize was the chance to climb to the church bell tower – an honour not bestowed on many in its history.

The minister, Douglas Irving, along with Murray and teacher Ruth Gordon climbed around 70 spiral steps and were able to see the bell, which is the original installed when the church was built in 1836.

Murray with Minister Douglas Irving

Murray with Minister Douglas Irving

Mr Irving told them that before the clock was mechanised the beadle of the church had to go up and down the steeple twice a day to wind the clock.

The class visited the church as part of their religious and moral education work before the quiz which led to Murray’s win.

Ruth said: “Murray was really excited to go up the steeple and was very confident with the scary spiral stairs, unlike me as I had to come down the steps on my bottom!”