THIS WEEK IN 1998: Priest in rooftop drama with pigeons

When Rev Andy Anderson went to the rescue of two of God's creatures, his reward was not great.

Thursday, 5th July 2018, 5:52 pm
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 5:40 pm

When Rev Andy Anderson went to the rescue of two of God's creatures, his reward was not great.

He became stuck on the top of a roof in Southsea and was rescued by the fire brigade.

A pair of pigeons had become stuck in a gully at the edge of a rooftop garden in Western Parade and could not extend their wings to fly away. But Mr Anderson spotted the pair and went to their rescue.

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At the time, he said: '˜I'm no great animal lover but I thought I couldn't leave them there and die.'

Mr Anderson, from North End, manoeuvred down a steep slope on the rooftop, rescued the birds and then realised he was stuck.

'˜It was quite embarrassing that we had to call the fire brigade,' said Andrew, '˜they were quite impressed I managed to get down there in the first place.'