A SERVICE welcomed back the sounds of old as a city church celebrated the success of a campaign and the Queen’s reign.
The Diamond Jubilee event at Sunderland Minster gave double cause for celebration as two of the building’s bells marked a new chapter in their history.
Saturday night’s service saw eight bells rededicated after they were recast and two new additions to the set.
The evening, which saw guests including Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear Nigel Sherlock and the Bishop of Jarrow, the Right Reverend Mark Bryant join the congregation, followed on from the first time the bells were played together during the Queen’s Jubilee weekend.
The Minster was blooming inside with floral displays left over from the flower festival held there on Friday decorating the church.
Music performed included a number of pieces from The Queen’s 1953 Coronation, including Crown Imperial by William Walton and I Vow To Thee My Country, by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Parry’s setting of I Was Glad, which was performed at last year’s wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in Westminster Abbey was also played.
The Westoe Brass Band was also on hand to play.
Mayor of Sunderland Coun Iain Kay attended the service, which was organised by Reverend Martin Anderson.
He said: “The service was very well attended and I felt that the service itself was perfect in terms of how it honoured Her Majesty’s time on the throne.
“It also gave an excellent reflection on how various groups from across Tyne and Wear had come together to put on a service that recognised how much we all want to share in the national celebration of this important milestone.”
The efforts to add and improve the Minsters’ bells began in 2009 with the launch of the Friends of the Minster, which has also raised funds for other capital projects in addition to the revamp of the bells.