Bells will ring out as Armistice revisited
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