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In the 50's the public donated bricks.<br />
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Bad omens..<br />
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One of Britains great cathedral's could be closed down if an emergency appeal for £1.3 million is not successful by the end of August.<br />
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Historic Guildford cathedral, where cult horror film The Omen was filmed, is facing closure because its ceiling is laced with asbestos.<br />
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The 10,000sq ft ceiling of Guildford Cathedral was sprayed with a special acoustic plaster made from the deadly mineral in a bid to improve the sound quality when it was built in the 1960s.<br />
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Fifty years on the ceiling has started to crumble forcing church bosses to launch an appeal to raise £7 million pounds to pay for its restoration.<br />
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They say that if the money can't be raised they will have no choice but to close its doors for good - the first British cathedral ever to do so.<br />
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To add further pressure to the campaign, they have to raise 1.3 million pounds by the end of August in order to qualify for a Heritage Lottery Fund.<br />
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More than 200,000 people paid two shillings and sixpence - the equivalent of 12.5 pence today - to buy a brick when the price of building materials shot up after World War II.