If you've ever fancied having a go on the ropes and smashing some church bells around, 2018 is the year to get in there and tick that off your bucket list. It's the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War this November, and the bells will be ringing out like never before to mark the occasion.
The plan is to synchronise peals of clanging around the world – or at least in the UK, Germany and across Europe – to remember the dead and symbolise the fact that we're all, sort of and to varying degrees, friends now. Hence we need hundreds more bell ringers trained up and on the books to help do the job.
Christopher O'Mahony from the Central Council of Church Bellringers is therefore going to have a busier summer than he usually does, and he told Sky news that: "What we are finding is people are stepping forward in their communities today who have a direct or indirect connection to people from 100 years ago. So far enquiries have been fantastic for this campaign, so many volunteers male, female, old, young, short and tall, it doesn't matter, people are stepping forward to help with this amazing campaign." [Sky News]
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