Paralympics to be marked by North Tyneside bell ringers

Bell ringers, from left, P Mc Ewen, P McEwen, D Taylor, T Gilhespy, M Scott, R Davy, M Hewitt, T Critchly, D Taylor.
Bell ringers, from left, P Mc Ewen, P McEwen, D Taylor, T Gilhespy, M Scott, R Davy, M Hewitt, T Critchly, D Taylor.

BELL ringers in North Tyneside will be marking the start of the Paralympic Games this week.

On Wednesday, August 29, the bells at Christ Church in North Shields will be ringing with the combined ringers from Christ Church and St Paul’s Whitley Bay at 8.12pm.

It follows on from the start of the Olympic Games when on the July 27, the bells rang out at 8.12 in the morning of to mark the start of the Olympic Games, and both felt that they should do something similar for the start of the Paralympic Games.

2012 has been a great year for bell ringing and bell ringers throughout the whole of the country.

In June, bells rang out as the Olympic torch passed through North Tyneside followed by the ringing for the opening day of the Olympic Games in July.

All the publicity surrounding bell ringing has resulted in both towers having an influx of new learners and they have had to hold extra training nights at both to make sure learners were up to the standard for the special celebrations.

Bell ringing is challenging physically and mentally and the learners have worked hard on achieving the necessary standard.

The ringing chamber of Christ Church will be open to the public on Saturday, September 8, from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm during Heritage Open Days weekend.