Ben Barker (left) and Howard Barker outside St Mary's Church, Wistaston

By Jonathan White
A Wistaston man and his teenage son are to tackle a 190-mile charity bike ride on the Trans-Pennine Trail.

Howard Barker and his son Ben, 15, are cycling from Liverpool to Hornsea in aid of their local church.

They aim to complete the route in four days and set off yesterday (Thursday July 12) from the Liver Building on Liverpool’s waterfront to head across England to Hornsea on the east coast.

Howard and Ben, who recently completed his GCSE’s at Malbank School in Nantwich, are raising money to replace lead stolen earlier this year from the roof of St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Wistaston.

A significant amount of lead was stolen and after claiming the insurance the cost of the repairs amounts to around £15,000.

Urgent and expensive work isneeded to ensure the church is weatherproof for weddings, baptisms, funerals and church services.

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