Roofing firm shares skills

Expertise: Martin-Brooks  contracts director Dale Wright.
Expertise: Martin-Brooks contracts director Dale Wright.
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A Sheffield roofing company was among specialist firms from across Europe chosen to showcase their expertise at an exhibition celebrating 1,000 Years of Traditional Crafts.

Martin-Brooks was asked to demonstrate its lead working expertise after completing work on the roof of a new Heritage Skills Centre at Lincoln Castle.

The centre is the first building to be erected in the Castle’s grounds for 150 years and will be used to train young people in traditional crafts.

Dale Wright and Paul Wassell from Martin-Brooks showed visitors to the exhibition in the Centre how lead is shaped and fitted to a roof and gave them an opportunity to try their hands at the process, which has remained the same for centuries.

Dale Wright said: “We were very honoured to take part in such a high profile celebration of traditional skills.

“Sharing our expertise with members of the public was great fun and visitors young and old proved to be interested and engaged in the lead working process. As heritage roofing specialists, we are committed to preserving the integrity of Britain’s architectural legacy and ensuring new generations have the ability to maintain these historic buildings.”

Almost 4,000 visitors attended the 1,000 Years of Traditional Crafts exhibition, surpassing other paid events at Lincoln Castle this year. Other displays included blacksmiths, stonemasons and stained glass window constructors.