Bells rung in honour of St Albans Mayor

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News release: 16 May 2017

Bell-ringers have rung a quarter-peal to mark the culmination of Cllr Frances Leonard’s year in office as Mayor of the City and District of St Albans.

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The campanologists rang the bells in honour of the Mayor at her local church, St Leonard’s in Sandridge, for 37 minutes on Sunday 7 May.

They rang a particular method or tune called Plain Bob Doubles. This entailed the six ringers changing the order in which they rung the bells 1,260 times without a mistake.

The Mayor’s year in office is due to end on 24 May at a full meeting of St Albans City and District Council.

The Mayor said: “I want to thank the ringers at my local church for choosing to mark the end of my year as Mayor with this wonderful tribute. They do a great job ringing the bells for services and weddings at St Leonard’s Church.”

“The bell ringers are keen for new people to join in this sociable activity and help keep this fantastic tradition alive.”

The bell ringers meet every Wednesday to practise at St Leonard’s Church from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Vivian Nutton, who was in charge of the ringing, said: “Bell ringing is a fun activity offering plenty of opportunities to make new friends and keep fit. Anyone interested in taking up bell ringing is welcome to come along to our practise night and have a go. We are more than happy to train up new people in ringing the bells, passing on our skills and knowledge.”

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City and District of St Albans, Councillor Frances Leonard

Contact for the Mayor’s office:
Alison Orde, the Mayor’s Civic Officer
Tel: 01727 819544

Contact for the media:
Amanda Wilkinson,
Senior Communications Officer
St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01727 819317
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