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The eight bells of St. Peter’s Angli­can Cathe­dral will ring out across the Waikato River on Sun­day to Me­mo­rial Park as part of the na­tion wide Armistice Day cen­te­nary Roar­ing Cho­rus.

At the park, where Hamil­ton’s Armistice Ser­vice is be­ing held, choirs and bands will sing and play, while cars sounds their horns to repli­cate the sounds of cel­e­bra­tion that erupted across the world sig­nalling the end of World War I in 1918.

Across the city, churches and chapels will also ring and chime at 11:02am af­ter a twominute si­lence.

St Peter’s Cathe­dral will be hold­ing a Re­mem­brance Ser­vice at 9.45am on Sun­day which will in­clude the Last Post and Reveille, while the bell­ringers are also par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ‘Ring­ing Re­mem­bers’ project af­ter the ser­vice, to re­mem­ber the 1400 bell­ringers who served in the armed ser­vices and lost their lives dur­ing World War I.

New Zealand’s Roar­ing Cho­rus con­nects with a cam­paign led by the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment, sup­ported by the Ger­man gov­ern­ment, invit­ing na­tions to par­tic­i­pate in in­ter­na­tional bell­ring­ing.

Other coun­tries, in­clud­ing the United States, are con­tribut­ing, and even the re­mote lo­ca­tion of Rothera Re­search Sta­tion in the Antarc­tic is ex­pected to join.

Churches across New Zealand will join in.

“New Zealand will be amongst the first coun­tries in the world to com­mem­o­rate the Armistice Cen­te­nary, and our bells will be echoed around the world as other na­tions con­tribute the sound of theirs,” direc­tor of the First World War Cen­te­nary Pro­gramme WW100, Sarah Davies says.

“It will be poignantly beau­ti­ful.”

The Rangi­marie peace bell of the Na­tional War Me­mo­rial Car­il­lon will toll 11 times to mark the start of the two-minute si­lence of re­mem­brance at 11am at the of­fi­cial Armistice Cen­te­nary Na­tional Cer­e­mony in Wellington.

At 11.02am, there will be a cel­e­bra­tory fan­fare played by the full bells of the car­il­lon, in uni­son with the Roar­ing Cho­rus

His­toric ac­counts show that there was spon­ta­neous bell­ring­ing in cel­e­bra­tion of peace at the time of the Armistice. For in­stance, a 1918 let­ter writ­ten by a Kin­loch girl to her lo­cal news­pa­per says: “The steamer Ben Lomond be­gan to whis­tle com­ing up the lake when the news of peace came through.

“Mum got the cow­bell and I got the school bell, and we made a great noise with them,” (Otago Wit­ness, 27-11-1918).

Photo / Ja­son Mann

Na­tional War Me­mo­rial and car­il­lion in Wellington.

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