On Sunday 11 November, the bells of Manchester Cathedral will ring out to mark the 100 years since the end of World War I. The bells were re-commissioned in October having not been rung since June 2017 when work on the Cathedral tower began.
The emergency repair works to the tower were only possible thanks to two grants totalling over £579,000 from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund issued by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport so it is absolutely fitting to be able to ring on Sunday 11 November for Armistice.
The Captain of the Bell Tower, Mr Malcolm Murphy said:
“Manchester Cathedral bell ringers are looking forward to returning to the bell tower for the first time since June 2017. We are proud to be able to ring the bells to mark this important and historic occasion”.
Sub Dean and Canon for Theology and Mission, Dr David Holgate said:
“It is wonderful that we can mark this joyful and solemn centenary with the ringing of our bells for the first time since the repairs to the tower. It is a fitting way to end our World War 1 Commemorations”.
At 12.30pm, the ringers will attempt a quarter peal to mark the Centenary of the Armistice. Then at 7.05pm, they will join over 1,000 churches and cathedrals ringing their bells as part of Ringing Out for Peace organised in association with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, which represents 65 societies of ringers from the British Isles and overseas.