East Devon bells ring out for St George

Ian Avery and Anne Bailey with competitors at the bell ringing for England event in Sidmouth parish

Ian Avery and Anne Bailey with competitors at the bell ringing for England event in Sidmouth parish church. Ref shs 16-17TI 9436. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Bell towers across East Devon rang out on Saturday to commemorate St George’s Day.

Some 25 towers, including Sidmouth’s and Ottery St Mary’s, rang between 9am and 9pm as part of a national campaign.

The celebrations also marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Libby Alexander, organiser of Ringing for England, said: “The ringing of tower bells is the quintessential sound of England and thanks to all the ringers who rang the bells at all 25 churches. There can be few in East Devon unaware of England’s Patron Saint’s Day.”

On the same day, churches in Sidmouth, Sidbury and Otterton played host to the Devon Association Open Festival.


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Teams rang for 10 minutes and attempted to make the least errors during their run.

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