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Cathedral bells to ring across UK in tribute to Notre Dame

by Cara Bentley

St Paul's, York Minster, Exeter, Peterborough and Durham Cathedrals will all chime at 7pm for 7 minutes.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev Justin Welby and the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, have called on as many churches as possibly to join in as well.

The Church of Scotland are doing the same with Rt Rev Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly, saying: "The world has been shocked and saddened by the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.

"The reaction is so great because the Church is more than 'just' a building."

Bells rang across France on Wednesday evening in recognition of the fire that destroyed the spire of Notre Dame on Monday night. 

The roof was also destroyed but its towers, rose windows, organ and artwork were saved.

No one was killed in the fire, which occurred during a mass, as firefighters and church officials evacuated the building quickly. 

Westminster Abbey's bells rang at 5:43pm on Tuesday, announced by Prime Minister Theresa May: "To underline our solidarity with France and her people, the bells at Westminster Abbey will toll at 5:43pm this evening to mark the moment the fire began yesterday.

"And later this week, on Maundy Thursday, bells will ring at cathedrals and churches across England."

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