Tower clean is abseil-utley fabulous: Dare-devil abseilers have taken to the skies over Hemel Hempstead to clean the town’s tallest building. The brave men drop down on ropes from hundreds of feet to keep the landmark former Kodak tower looking spruce. Bovingdon-based cleaning company The Price Group has just been awarded the contract for the job.
Managing director Charlie Price said: “This is one of the highest buildings my team has ever cleaned and there are plenty of windows to keep them busy. We are really pleased to win a contract like this in our home town. It’s good work for the guys who are mostly local lads.” The KD Tower has 22 floors, which have been transformed into 254 luxury apartments. It will take four men two weeks to clean the whole tower, and the job will need doing again in three months time.
At 255ft tall the building is the highest in Hemel Hempstead, and the window cleaners enjoy panoramic views of the town as they work. The tower has been converted by Dandara, who replaced the original concrete façade with glazing and coloured steel panelling. Photo giant Kodak moved into smaller offices in the Maylands business park in 2005.
Here comes the bride - in T-shirt and trainers! Here comes the bride and groom.. in band T-shirts and trainers. Music-loving couple Paul Mather and Anne Halsall caused raised eyebrows with registrar staff when they arrived for their wedding at Mere Hall in Manchester. Window-cleaner Paul donned his favourite Stone Roses top and beanie hat for the occasion. The couple, from Great Lever, met eight years ago through friends because of their mutual love of music and the ‘Manchester scene’.
Paul, aged 48, explained: “We just didn’t want to do the dickie bows and long flowing dresses because it’s just not us. So, I did it my way, as Sid Vicious said. We went to The Railway, in Bromley Cross, to watch a Stranglers tribute band on our wedding night.” The 41-year-old bride, who works as a school cleaner, wore a Joy Division T-shirt and trainers for the low-key celebration. Paul said: “They had a fit at the register office when we turned up, they just couldn’t get their heads around it. We were the only ones in that day because the weather was awful and they didn’t think we were serious.
But they thought it was quite amusing that we were there with our Adidas trainers on. We were just doing it the way we wanted.” There were just four guests at the wedding ceremony as both parents of the bride and groom are no longer alive. The day after the ceremony, the couple, of Westbourne Avenue, held a reception and a buffet at the Hen and Chickens pub in Bolton town centre for around 140 family members and friends. The newly-weds are planning a honeymoon to Malta later in the year.