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Memory of wartime Beccles bell ringer Edwin Pipe to be honoured with quarter peal

PUBLISHED: 15:56 23 August 2017

Wartime Beccles bell ringer Edwin Pipe. Picture: courtesy of Chrissie Pickup

Wartime Beccles bell ringer Edwin Pipe. Picture: courtesy of Chrissie Pickup

Courtesy of Chrissie Pickup

Bells will toll for a fallen Beccles ringer next month, as the 100th anniversary of his death is marked.

Edwin Pipe, who was the local bell ringer during the First World War, but died in service on September 10, 1917. He was just 21.

Now, his memory is set to be honoured by those that have followed in his footsteps a century later.

On Sunday, September 10, a quarter peal will ring out from the Beccles Bell Tower, on the centenary of his death.

A lance corporal, Mr Pipe grew up and lived in Beccles and was born on September 9, 1895 and lived on Queen’s Road.

He worked as a monotype carter attendant before enlisting in the military and was the youngest of four sons - all of whom died in combat.

The ringing will take place in the afternoon, with ringers attempting a quarter peal of Plain Bob Major, encouraging others from around the country to do the same.

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