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Slater restores village hall roof in Invergowrie

Posted: Friday, February 9th, 2024

A tradesman has been hailed a “hero” after he voluntarily repaired the crumbling roof atop a village hall tower - saving the community up to £5000, Daily Record reported.

Charlie Kean, of Charlie Kean Slaters in Dundee, responded to an online plea after the Bullionfield Hall tower meeting room ceiling was damaged.

Kim Jones, lead hall coordinator, noticed water leaking into the Invergowrie building’s main hall during Storm Babet in October.

After persistent deluges hit the region in the following months, Kim got a shock when she went to check up on the Main Street Hall after the Christmas break.

“There was a massive hole in the ceiling. One guy came to look at it and said the roof needed sorting first. But we would need £1500 just to rent the cherry picker to investigate it. We were quoted £4000 to £5000 all-in to fix it,” she said.

Kim spent the next few days trying to come up with a plan to repair the damage, whether via insurance or potential grant funding.

Charlie saw the online plea on the ‘Invergowrie Village’ Facebook page when it was forwarded to him by a friend.

“It is a community place that gives back to the people in the community,” he said, who has been a slater for 52 years.

“Without the hall, these activities would stop. I saw the drone footage and I knew what we needed as they were old slates. We cleared the gutter, replaced some of the slates and sealed it up,” he added.

Kim said: “I left on the Friday and when I got home, half an hour later, Charlie Kean sent me pictures of the drone and said that was it all done!

“He never said anything to me - he just came with the cherry picker and a few of his lads. He is a proper roofer and has a family business. He is a hero and has saved the village hall.”

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