The crowd in front of the historic First Parish Church stirred with excitement Tuesday morning as the newly renovated, 15,000-pound steeple was slowly lifted off the ground on Meetinghouse Hill.
As the wind quieted to a gentle breeze this morning, a massive crane began to lift and then swing the ornate wood structure up over the Dorchester church. The dozens gathered in Rev. James K. Allen Park erupted in cheers.
“Cameras!” Sandra Eddy, the church historian, shouted as she ran onto the street for a better look.
Gasps echoed through the crowd as the steeple was gingerly lowered onto its rightful place, 150-feet high atop the historic structure.
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