New ‘bell tower captain’ announced for St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church in Wisbech

PUBLISHED: 11:51 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:51 06 March 2018

Wisbech St Peter's and St Paul's Church are looking for new bell ringers - Martin Slough (fourth from left) has been named new ‘Bell Tower Captain’ by Rev. Canon Matthew Bradbury (fourth from right)

Wisbech St Peter's and St Paul's Church are looking for new bell ringers - Martin Slough (fourth from left) has been named new ‘Bell Tower Captain’ by Rev. Canon Matthew Bradbury (fourth from right)

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The new ‘bell tower captain’ for Wisbech St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church has been named and he’s calling for help.

Martin Slough is the new man responsible for all the ‘bell ringing activity’ at the churches and hopes new members will join him to train for Armistice Day 2018.

Martin’s new job will include regular practise and service ringing, as well as training new and existing members of the churches.

He said: “It is an immense privilege to be offered this role.

“The tower has 10 bells, the largest in the district, which were all installed in 1823. They were manufactured at the William Dobson Foundry in Downham Market”.

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice, which commemorates the end of World War One (WW1).

Reverend canon Matthew Bradbury said: “Records show that 1,400 bell ringers were killed during WW1 and three were local ringers at the Wisbech tower.

“It is planned to celebrate the centenary by recruiting and training enough bell ringers for every church in the land to ring at 7.05pm on November 11, as they rang 100 years ago to announce that war had ended.”

For more information or if you’re interested in becoming a bell ringer, call Martin on 01945 582508 or email: martinslough@hotmail.com


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