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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 August 2005, 13:47 GMT 14:47 UK
First service at restored church
Boscastle shop open - Picture by Charis Dunn-Chan
Nearly all the affected businesses have reopened
A church damaged by floods in last year's Boscastle floods reopened on Sunday with a service of thanksgiving led by the Bishop of Truro.

The Minster Church has reopened following the floods which left the church, which dates back to medieval times, in up to 6ft of mud and water.

The repair work to the walls, floors and pews cost 180,000.

On the first anniversary of the flood on Tuesday there will be a "quiet service of reflection" in the church.

'Careful restoration'

Preaching at Sunday's service was the Rector of St John's Episcopal Church in Forres in Scotland, the Reverend Canon Cliff Piper, who grew up in the Boscastle area.

The Boscastle distress call was first picked up by RAF Kinloss in Moray, which is in Canon Piper's parish .

All but five of the businesses in Boscastle have already reopened.

The Right Rev Bill Ind, Bishop of Truro, said: " In every way, Boscastle is "open for business" and the reopening of Minster Church, after a year of careful restoration work, is a fitting way of remembering all that has been achieved so magnificently in the last year. "


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