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Cathedral bell to ring after 50 years of silence

by Tola Mbakwe

The bell at Shrewsbury Cathedral will soon chime again after not ringing since 1973.

Cathedral officials said the bell has been silent for 50 years due to wear and tear.

Records show that the bell-wheel became detached from its headstock, meaning that the bell could not swing.  

However, a month long project will have the bell cleaned, restored and refitted with an advanced automated ringing system.

Shrewsbury Cathedral said in a statement: "The tolling system will allow clergy and Cathedral officials to make the bell chime at the simple touch of a button from a remote control key fob which can be programmed far in advance.

"The work involves removing and repairing the bell, sandblast-cleaning it and checking for and filling cracks, before it is reinstalled on new fittings."

The repair project has been carried out by John Taylor Bellfounders in Loughborough, which is the same company that made the bell in 1856.

Rt Rev Mark Davies, the Bishop of Shrewsbury, said: "The sound of church bells is one of the characteristics of Shrewsbury.

"I am pleased the bell of Shrewsbury Cathedral is being restored to gently ring out again as part of the Cathedral's renewal.

"It will ring together with all the bells of the town inviting us to lift up our hearts in Christian hope and prayer."

Bishop Mark will bless the bell in a ceremony before it's installed

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