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Restored steeple returns to sit atop First Parish Church

Part of $5 million repair project for old Dorchester church

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, 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.

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