New Sunderland Minster bells to ring out for Jubilee

David Cox, captain of the Sunderland MInster Bell Ringers, in the Minster Tower.'The bells have been rehung and will be rung on Tuesday to celebrate the Queens's Diamond Jubilee.
David Cox, captain of the Sunderland MInster Bell Ringers, in the Minster Tower.'The bells have been rehung and will be rung on Tuesday to celebrate the Queens's Diamond Jubilee.
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SUNDERLAND Minster’s’ bells will ring out for the first time in three years to mark official Jubilee day tomorrow.

After a £180,000 fund-raising drive, the Minster’s 10 bells are ready to break the silence when they ring out across the city as part of the celebrations.

At 9am tomorrow, David Cox, bell captain, will lead the team of bell ringers

Reverend Martin Anderson, of the Minster, said: “It’s wonderful news and we’re grateful to everyone who has helped make this possible.

“In addition to the bells, we also have the new clock that is working and a new flagpole that will be flying a new standard,

“The flag is out for the Diamond Jubilee, the clock is ticking as we count down to the Olympics and bells will toll to commemorate Her Majesty and then to welcome the Olympic torch to the city.”

Once the bells have sounded out, the team will then set off to sound the peel at St Ignatius, in Hendon, Holy Trinity Church, in the East End, and St Andrew’s, in East End.

The bell ringing is part of a national event that is encouraging the country’s churches to chime in celebration of the Jubilee.

Mr Cox said: “We are looking forward to officially ringing the Minster bells for the first time in a long time and it is great that it is for such an important occasion.”

Formed in 2000, Friends of the Minster was set up to raise funds to pay for capital projects, including the installation of new bells.

The group wanted the Minster to increase its bells from eight to 10.

The Minster then discovered the bells’ rickety old frame had started to move, meaning that two of the chimes were out of action.

The tower in which the bells are placed dates from Saxon times.

Work started in February to repair the tower at the High Street West church, after the bells were taken down in 2009.

Mr Anderson would like to thank everyone who donated to the restoration project, including Lady Cowie and Friends of the Minster.