Joy as New Year bells ring out from a Rhyl Church for the first time in 20 years


Suzanne Jordan

BELLS rang out from St Thomas’s Church on New Year eve for the first time in about 20 years.

Proud bell ringers including Iori Hughes, Phil Greaves, Simon Davies, Tony Durcan and Darrin Alvers, rang the bells at midnight at the Rhyl-based Church, welcoming 2014.

The bells have been silent in previous years due to a lack of bell ringers.

Darrin Alvers, who has been ringing bells for about a year and a half, said: “There was five of us who took the time out, resisting a worthy drink, and rang the bells to celebrate the start of the year. This was a church bell ringing event that had not occurred for nearly 20 years, I believe.

“Church bell ringers are few and far between these days. Many are approaching retirement age and are not being replaced.”

Church bells are some of the biggest and loudest musical instruments in the world.

St Thomas’s Church have a ring of eight bells.

“We need a minimum of four people to ring the bells. Numbers had dwindled and it got to the point that ringing for weddings, Sunday worship, Christmas etc could no longer always take place,” Mr Alvers added.

“We have now gained and trained two recent additions to our team; I am one of the two new additions, so happily bell ringing for happy events can now be guaranteed once more.

“We are all proud of what we do and it was wonderful bringing in the new year to all around our town.”

The Rev Andy Grimwood, Vicar of Rhyl, added: “It was meant as a New Year welcoming. Something a bit different.

“Some churches just do it as a tradition and the reason our Church hasn’t done it for many years is probably due to the lack of bell ringers.

“I think you need about half a dozen people.

“It was superb. They make a really gorgeous sound.”

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