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Photo gallery: Kessingland’s church tower open day sparks interest in bell ringing

13:00 31 August 2014

Kessingland church tower open day.

Bell ringer Phillippa Hughes

Kessingland church tower open day. Bell ringer Phillippa Hughes

People had a chance to take a close look inside Kessingland’s historic parish church on Saturday when it hosted a tower open day.

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Between 10am and 6pm, more than 170 people visited St Edmund’s Church to view the belfry, see its six bells and watch bell-ringing demonstrations.

As a result, three people expressed an interest in joining its current team of six bell-ringers to help keep the tradition alive.

Michael Parker, tower captain, said: “I think the day went quite well. We had about 175 people up the tower during the day and three said they they may be interested in becoming a bell ringer.

“We have six bell-ringers at the moment and it is nice to have extra numbers. We need as many as we can get really.”

The tower of St Edmund’s is 96ft tall and one its bells is about 400 years old.

Mr Parker said he started the annual tower open days about 25 years ago to attract new bell-ringers, who hold practice sessions at the church on Thursday nights.

Anyone interested in becoming a bell ringer at the church should ring Mr Parker on 01502 740785.

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