Hitting the right notes

A HARTLEPOOL MAIL appeal to find budding campanologists has unearthed a team of new recruits.

Town people showed their community spirit when we asked Hartlepool residents to consider taking up bell ringing.

Our appeal went out in a year when church bells will ring out in style to mark both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the town’s inclusion in the Olympic Torch procession.

But it is decades since every bell in town was rung by local ringers because of a lack of numbers.

Long-time bell ringer Andrew Frost appealed for more people to come forward to make sure the town celebrates two of the biggest events in the 2012 calendar in style.

The plea worked and Andrew said: “The Mail’s campaign to attract new bell ringers to Hartlepool seems to be working. Hartlepool bell ringers now have five new recruits”.

He said: “There was a good response to the article in the Mail after Christmas. Three have since dropped out but the remaining five are doing very well.”

The number of Hartlepool ringers is increasing, but Andrew says there is still room for more people to come forward and give it a go.

He added: “Bell ringing is not difficult, you do not have to be musical or physically fit. Anybody between the ages of 10 and 80 can learn to ring bells.

“We plan to ring the Hartlepool bells on both occasions at all four towers with bells in them – St Oswald’s, St Aidan’s, Hartlepool Art Gallery at Christ Church and All Saints, in Stranton. We also hope to ring the bells at particular points during the Olympics.”

Would you like to join the bell ringing ranks? Contact Andrew on (01429) 281767.