Ceiling collapse in Hilington Church prevents Queen’s visit

Hillington Church ANL-150114-200639009
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Hopes of seeing the Queen at Hillington Church on Sunday have been dashed after the building has been closed following a ceiling “collapse”.

Plaster has fallen from a small section of the ceiling above the pulpit in St Mary’s Church prompting officials to temporarily close the building.

The Archdeacon of Lynn’s office says the building is being inspected and hopes the problem will be rectified as soon as possible.

The Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam, was due to be giving the 11am Mattins service in the church.

But the Queen will instead be attending services at St Mary Magadalene Church in Sandringham.

A note on the door states: “Notice – cancellation of service, Sunday, January 18, 2015.

“Due to the collapse of a section of ceiling, directly above the pulpit, a decision has been made that it would be unsafe to hold this service, which is a great disappointment as HM The Queen was scheduled to attend on this day.

Her visit has been postponed until 2016.

“Action is being taken to assess and repair the damage as quickly as possible so that services can be resumed.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused to those of you we could not contact personally.”

Much of the building at St Mary’s Church dates back to the 15th century.