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Town staff off on Swedish treat

PUBLISHED: 14:15 23 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:43 03 March 2010

IPSWICH Town are off to Helsingborgs next week for the second leg of their UEFA cup match … and are planning to take most of the backroom staff with them.

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IPSWICH Town are off to Helsingborgs next week for the second leg of their UEFA cup match … and are planning to take most of the backroom staff with them.

Although the match is to be screened live on BBC2 next Thursday, the club is taking away many people who work behind the scenes at the club as a thank you gesture .

For this, Town's second European trip this season, a skeleton staff will remain at the club while the rest fly out to Sweden from Stansted Airport.

The news comes on the day that the club began to lift the main roof beam into place on the new North Stand.

The roof, measuring 92 metres in length and weighing 117 tonnes, will dramatically change the Ipswich skyline.

Bernard Clarke, managing director of contractors Jackson Building, said a lot had to be taken into account on a day like this.

He said: "The windspeed has to remain under 22mph or else it is unsafe. We have been constantly monitoring the situation and the windspeed is between 10-15mph. The first thing I did this morning was check the weather and it was 10mph."

The windspeed is monitored from Honnington and the cranes involved in the operation cost around £60,000 a day to have in place.

The tallest of the two lower tower cranes used to build the upper terraces and roof is 45m high with a jib length of 54 metres.

The new stand will hold more than 7,000 supporters and building work should be fully completed by the start of next season.

However, there is good news for Northstanders as they some will be re-housed back in their preferred end.

"Some 3,000 seats came out and the intention is to get some of them back in within a month or so" said Mr Clarke.

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