Roy Bridge

The Oban Times - - News -

A NEW bell ring­ing record has been set in Lochaber. Tul­loch Ring­ing Cen­tre near Roy Bridge saw 12 world­class ringers set a new record for the long­est peal of Spliced Max­imus.

Start­ing at 7.59, the band rang a chal­leng­ing 11-part work com­posed for the oc­ca­sion by Robert W Lee. The 38 meth­ods in­cluded 20 new ones.

The group rang con­tin­u­ously for 12 and a half hours, gen­er­at­ing 20,064 changes.

It used a va­ri­ety of meth­ods, some of them com­posed spe­cially for the oc­ca­sion.

Rules for such per­for­mances are set by The Cen­tral Coun­cil for Bell­ringers and re­quired the 12 ringers to each ring their own bell un­aided for the whole time. It was not a relay per­for­mance.

The pre­vi­ous record had been set in 1993 at Worces­ter when 15,840 changes were rung in 10 and a half hours.

Three ringers took part in both per­for­mances and one of them from the 1993 per­for­mance was an um­pire for the event in Roy Bridge.

The um­pires have to lis­ten to the ring­ing and tick off ev­ery change to con­firm none of the changes were the same as any other.

A group spokesper­son told the Lochaber Times: ‘We are thrilled Tul­loch was se­lected as the venue for the long­est peal of Spliced Max­imus rung.’

Left to right, back row: Andrew Gra­ham, Robin Hall, Robert Lee, John Hughes D’Aeth, Alan Read­ing, Michael Wilby. Front: Tom Hinks, Philip Earis, David Pipe, Si­mon Lin­ford, David Brown, Stephanie War­boys.

Win­ning de­sign in the Kil­mallie Com­mu­nity Cen­tre logo com­pe­ti­tion.

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