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Santa and the dizzy heights of Kings College spires

Santa hats appear on all four spires of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge

Students have placed red Santa hats on all four 150ft spires of King’s College Chapel at Cambridge University in an end of term prank.

By Alastair Jamieson
Published: 9:53AM GMT 28 Nov 2009

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6677125/Santa-hats-appear-on-all-four-spires-of-Kings-College-Chapel-Cambridge.html

Santa hats placed on all four spires of King's College Chapel at Cambridge University

 

Santa hats placed on all four spires of King’s College Chapel at Cambridge University Photo: GEOFF ROBINSON
KIng's College; Santa hats appear on all four spires of King's College Chapel, Cambridge

 

This general view of the college shows just how high the students had to climb to put the hats in place

The hats will have to be removed from the ancient spires by a professional steeplejack.

It is thought to be the first time in the 563 year history of the late Gothic chapel that scholars have scaled all four spires as the route to the top involves an 80ft external climb.

College authorities have failed to see the funny side of the prank and want the hats removed before the Chapel’s Christmas Eve service, which is broadcast to millions around the world.

A porter at King’s College said: “The hats must have been put on the spires during the night as they suddenly appeared.

“The college authorities are not happy about it and are arranging to have them removed as soon as possible by a professional steeplejack.

“I’ve never heard of this happening before and it must have taken a lot of skill to get the hats on the spires, I wouldn’t fancy going up there myself.”

It is not known how the students managed to scale the tall buildings, but one suggestion is they used the book The Night Climbers of Cambridge, originally published in 1937, which offers a guide to the roofs of the city’s ancient buildings.

Last year students fastened a Santa hat to the fire of the Gate of Humility at Gonville and Caius College. It was removed by three fire engines because college authorities considered it a health and safety risk.

In 1958 a group of Cambridge engineering students hoisted an Austin Seven onto the roof of the Senate House at night and left it balancing there.

Students also dangled a car under the Bridge of Sighs at St John’s.

King’s College Chapel, started in 1446 by Henry VI, is noted for its amazing acoustics and the world famous chapel choir which sings at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve.

It took over a century to build and has the largest fan vault ceiling in the world and some of the finest medieval stained glass.

It was originally built as a place of daily worship for the College scholars, and today the choir still sing evensong during term time.

 

Paxtonvic says : what a mighty silly thing to do – and very dangerous too – but a friend of mine who viewed this spectacle had to admit that loads of people were standing around looking at this feat and finding it very amusing.

Maybe the hats were dropped off as the reindeer flew over……??

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