Kings Theatre lion sways as high winds hit Portsmouth

Firefighters work to make the lion on the Kings Theatre safe, after it was swaying in the wind. Picture: Peter Callow via Twitter
Firefighters work to make the lion on the Kings Theatre safe, after it was swaying in the wind. Picture: Peter Callow via Twitter
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PART of a busy road had to be closed off after a lion figurine on top of a theatre looked as if it was going to fall.

It was a busy weekend for firefighters as wind battered homes and buildings across the area.

Firefighters from Southsea station were called to the Kings Theatre, in Albert Road, Southsea, yesterday after members of the public noticed one of the lions on the tower swaying.

The road around the theatre was closed off as firefighters checked whether the statue was safe.

Watch manager Ian Jeffery confirmed the figurine, which has recently been replaced, was made of fibreglass and swayed with the wind.

His crew also secured a piece of wood hanging off a scaffold in The Hard Interchange earlier that day.

And on Saturday the wind caused a shop sign to almost be blown from the side of a building.

Staff at Debenhams in Palmerston Road, Southsea, called Southsea Fire Station around 10.30am after a shop sign was at risk of coming off in the wind.

The crew had to close Osborne Road for the public’s safety while the sign was taken down, causing delays until they left 30 minutes later.

Nobody was injured but station manager Mark Larrimore said that if the sign had fallen off it could have caused ‘significant damage’.

The high winds also threatened to blow planks of wood off a scaffolding rig around a block of flats in Butcher Street, Southsea.

A vigilant neighbour called the fire service at 11.15am and firefighters scaled a ladder to secure the scaffolding.

Wooden planks were removed before fire crews handed over to the scaffolding company at 11.45am.

‘It was the vigilance of a neighbour that allowed us to secure it, otherwise it could have been a lot worse,’ said Mr Larrimore.