COLLECTION tins are being placed in shops and pubs around the town to raise money for ceiling repairs at All Saints' Church in Bewdley.

More than two thirds of the 140-year-old church in Wribbenhall is currently closed as a safety precaution after plaster fell and a crack appeared in the ceiling above the pews, meaning All Saints' is unable to hold any weddings or funerals.

The church needs £100,000 to mend the ceiling, or risk the building being closed altogether.

Now a Go Fund Me page has been launched by local residents to gather donations, and businesses have offered to display collection tins in support of the restoration appeal.

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Bewdley mum-of-two Tara Andrews, who got married at the church, said: "I live just up the road from the church and it would be such a shame if it did have to close - for all the people that got married there and those who have relatives buried there.

"I'm not really a Christian but I go there once a month or so when they have a book sale on. I set up the fundraising page to help out and it has already received £250. Hopefully we can get to £1,000 or maybe even £10,000."

Collection tins will be on display at The Old Waggon and Horses pub and Catchems End Fish Bar in Kidderminster Road, and Bewdley Cobblers in Load Street.