Church bells ring to re­mem­ber

The Peterborough Examiner - - News - JOELLE KO­VACH Ex­am­iner Staff Writer

Church bells will ring 100 times at sun­set on Sun­day across Peter­bor­ough to mark the end of the First World War.

It’s called Bells of Peace, and it’s hap­pen­ing in cities across Canada. At ex­actly sun­set on Sun­day (which is Re­mem­brance Day), churches from coast to coast will toll their bells 100 times to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the 1918 Ar­mistice that ended the First World War.

Sun­set will be at 4:50 p.m. on Sun­day in Peter­bor­ough, and bells will toll 100 times at churches in­clud­ing St. John’s Angli­can, St. Luke’s Angli­can, Em­manuel United Church and the Cathe­dral of St. Peter-in-Chains.

Some churches in Peter­bor­ough County are par­tic­i­pat­ing too, such as St. Matthew & St. Ai­dan in Buck­horn.

This is hap­pen­ing in ad­di­tion to the Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony at the war memo­rial in Con­fed­er­a­tion Square in the morn­ing (the pa­rade be­gins at 9:55 a.m. and re­turns to Con­fed­er­a­tion Square at 10:25 p.m., where­upon the cer­e­mony be­gins).

St. John’s on Brock St. – the old­est church in Peter­bor­ough – has the only set of chimes in Peter­bor­ough that can play tunes.

The Last Post will be played there at sun­set at 4:50 p.m. Sun­day, be­fore the bell tolls 100 times. Then Reveille will be played.

It will be part of a spe­cial Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice that be­gins at 4 p.m. at St. John’s, said Rev. Brad Smith.

John Earn­shaw, a parish­ioner at St. John’s, will be play­ing the chime on Sun­day.

He said the woman who plays the Peace Tower car­il­lon in Ot­tawa was asked by the Le­gion to search out ev­ery church in Canada that has a set of bells and ask them to par­tic­i­pate.

The set of 15 bells at St. John’s is called the Peo­ple’s Chime, he said, be­cause they were pur­chased by sub­scrip­tion by the peo­ple of the City and County of Peter­bor­ough in 1911. “So the chime is even older than 100 years – we’re play­ing bells that were there at the time (of the end of the First World War),” Earn­shaw said.

Peo­ple who come to St. Luke’s on Sun­day at sun­set will get a chance to pull the mas­sive rope to ring the bell. Or­ga­niz­ers will al­lot a num­ber of tolls to each per­son present - so if there’s a mod­est crowd, you may get to ring the bell more than once.

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