Bells will ring out as Ar­mistice re­vis­ited

Rossendale Free Press - - First World War Centenary -

A TEAM of bell ringers will recre­ate an his­toric peal sig­nalling the end of wartime 100 years ago.

Church bells through­out the coun­try will be ring­ing out to mark the cen­te­nary of the end­ing of the First World War on Ar­mistice Day, Novem­ber 11.

The ring­ing will firstly be half muf­fled ring­ing to sig­nify the loss of life, and later open ring­ing to cel­e­brate the end of the four-year war.

At St Ni­cholas Church in Newchurch the bells will ring half muf­fled at 10am for a 10.30am ser­vice, and ring open at the end of the ser­vice.

How­ever, the bells will also be rung at 11am the fol­low­ing day, to recre­ate a spe­cial mo­ment which took place at the church on Novem­ber 12, 1918 and is com­mem­o­rated on a peal board in the tower ring­ing cham­ber.

A cen­tury ago, the lo­cal com­pany of bell ringers at St Ni­cholas rang ‘a peal of 5040 changes of Grand­sire Triples’ in two hours and 41 min­utes to cel­e­brate the Ar­mistice’s sign­ing.

Newchurch bell­ringer Mike Fish­wick ex­plained: “This peal is rather spe­cial as there were few churches that had enough ringers at that time able to ring a peal, in­deed 1,400 ringers are known to have been lost in the war.”

Mayor of Rossendale Coun Ann Kenyon with the plaque and Roger Mark­man, right, and com­mit­tee mem­bers (from left) Pe­ter Bill, Ros McDon­ald and Ros Bill

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