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Bell ringers in our region urged to sign up to war centenary commemoration

Pageantmaster Bruno Peek.

Picture: James Bass

Pageantmaster Bruno Peek. Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2013

It was a day that the guns fell silent after more than four years of bloodshed in the trenches.

To mark the end of World War One on November 1918 a Gorleston man has launched an appeal to get church bell ringers in our region to ring their bells to mark the centenary anniversary of the armistice.

Bruno Peek is encouraging churches and bell ringers to take part in Ringing Out For Peace on November 11 2018 at 7.05pm.

It is part of Battle’s Over, a national and international event marking the armistice, and Mr Peek is hoping that 1,000 churches and cathedrals overall will take part.

So far bell ringers at Great Yarmouth Minster and Norwich Cathedral have signed up to the remembrance scheme.

Mr Peek, a pageant master who has organised major celebrations and international events for more than 25 years, said: “We want this to be the most widespread ringing of church bells since the First World War.

“It would be a fitting and moving tribute to the 1,400 or so bell ringers that we understand lost their lives during war.

“I have no doubt that dedicated campanologists in Britain and around the world will want to join in this once-in-a-lifetime tribute to everyone who served on the battlefields, the high seas and the home front.”

Ringing Out for Peace is organised with the assistance of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, the representative body for groups who ring bells in the English tradition with rope and wheel.

Battle’s Over is a day-long commemoration of the end of the First World War taking place throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and at scores of locations overseas, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Somaliland, the United States and Germany to name but a few.

It involves buglers sounding the Last Post at more than 1,000 locations and ‘WW1 Beacons of Light’ being lit, signifying the light of peace that emerged from the dreadful darkness of war.

The remembrance event has four charities linked to it – The Royal Naval Association, Army Benevolent Fund – the Soldiers Charity, RAF Benevolent Fund and the Merchant Navy Association.

More information on Battle’s Over, and how to take part, can be found at www.brunopeek.co.uk

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