Sign of the chimes as peal of bells returns to church

A service of re-dedication for the bells of All Hallows Church in Bispham took place on Sunday.'The newly-dedicated bells are rung for the first time.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'19-4-2015
A service of re-dedication for the bells of All Hallows Church in Bispham took place on Sunday.'The newly-dedicated bells are rung for the first time. PIC BY ROB LOCK'19-4-2015
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More than 200 people gathered to ring the changes as a Blackpool church welcomed back its bells.

VIP guests joined parishioners at All Hallows in Bispham and the Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Rev Julian Henderson at the special service to dedicate the restored bells.

They had cost £60,000 to be refurbished in a task which took a year and were ceremonially handed over by Chris Pembleton of Pembletons Bell Hangers of Chesterfield, who had carried out the work.

The eight bells dating back to 1920 are believed to be the only church bells remaining in Blackpool and were commissioned to commemorate soldiers who died in the First World War. As a result, the appeal to raise money for the restoration included a £2,500 grant from the War Memorials Trust as well as , £10,000 from the Lancashire Association of Change Ringers Bell Restoration Fund and £3,000 from Norbreck councillors Peter and Maxine Callow.

Bell captain Will Hulme said: “It was a wonderful service and the bells sound crip and clear.

“Chris Pembleton handed over a ceremonial bell rope to Bishop Julian, who handed it over to the Cannon Simon Cox.

“There were parades before and after the service and we rang a quarter peal of 47 minutes of plain bob doubles.

“We had a grand tea afterwards in the church hall and we had two visitors from South Africa where we are twinned with a church – Fr Andile Mbutye and Mrs Yoliswa Mbutye.”

Also present were the Mayor of Blackpool, Coun Val Haynes and consort Mr Alan Haynes, Norbreck councillors, Maxine and Peter Callow, Paul Maynard, Fr Martin Daniels President LACR(Lancashire Association of Change Ringers) and Mike Coyle representing the War Memorial Trust.

He said: “It was good to see so many folk there.

“I was very impressed by the Bells at the end of the service and stood quietly to remember those from the parish who died.”