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Before it was hard to make out the wooden framework of the spire.<br />
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Let there be light...generous volunteer reveals medieval marvel for the first time in its history.<br />
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A dedicated cathedral tour guide has dipped in to his own pocket to pay for the installation of lights to illuminate the inside of Britain's tallest spire for the first ever time.<br />
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Robert Stiby, 79, has been a lifelong admirer of Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire, but after spending the last eight years guiding visitors up the 330 steps to the spire he became frustrated by the lack of light to reveal its true glory.<br />
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The full extent of its amazing medieval feat of engineering could barely be seen in the gloom, until Robert splashed out £5000 of his own money to install 24 LED lights to reveal the oak structure that holds up the final 180ft of its needle like spire.