Bells rung in Daventry to mark end of World War Two

The bells of Holy Cross Church in Daventry rang out on Friday from 5pm to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.

The ringing was in response to a request through the Archbishop of Canterbury by the former Leader of the House of Commons William Hague.

A quarter peal of 1,260 different changes was completed in 47 minutes by a team conducted by Jim White of Bugbrooke.

The other ringers were: Richard Waddy ringing the treble, Geoff Pullin, Alison Buck, Carole Pullin, Sally Thompson, Gwynneth White and Brian Foley on the tenor, all of whom regularly ring Holy Cross bells.

Starting at 10am on the Friday the eight bells of St Peters in Weedon also rang a quarter peal in 49 minutes. The majority of the ringers were members of the Daventry Branch of the Peterborough Guild.

Weedon bells have always traditionally been rung for special occasions, whether for Royal celebrations or important military anniversaries.

Three of the lightest bells in the tower at Weedon were cast and added to the original five bells to honour those who lost their lives in the first and second world wars.

Other quarter peals were rung on the same day for VE Day + 70 at Newnham and Badby.

Over the weekend bells were also rung specially in several church towers including Byfield, Bugbrooke, Braunston, Hellidon, Heyford and Newnham.

For further details of local bell ringing please see www.daventrybranch.btck.co.uk.

Back in 1945 churches across the UK sounded their bells in a sign of victory, signifying an end to the years they had hung in silence during the second world war.