We’ll be there with bells on: Orange Pealers to join global event

MUSICAL: Holy Trinity Orange Pealers members Rod Wykes, Bob Derrick, Joy Fabry, Glenda Bell, Jennifer Derrick and Jim Woolford. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

MUSICAL: Holy Trinity Orange Pealers members Rod Wykes, Bob Derrick, Joy Fabry, Glenda Bell, Jennifer Derrick and Jim Woolford. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

JIM Woolford has been ringing bells for 65 years.

The Holy Trinity Orange Peelers member said the 16th century artform took a year for most to master.

“It’s always very challenging and it’s quite mathematical,” Mr Woolford said.

“It takes a year to teach and learn to the point where [people] can ring the bells.

“We exist on the competence of the people that are ringing.”

Mr Woolford said ringing bells was a rewarding practice.

“It’s all about teamwork, camaraderie and the social aspects,” he said.

Members of the group have the opportunity to travel and take part in competitions.

The group will take part in BBC and the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers’ Music Day at 7pm on Thursday.

The day is an opportunity for bell ringers across the world to demonstrate the power of music.

Fellow member Joy Fabry said group members were delighted to take part in the worldwide event.

“We thought it was a great opportunity,” she said.

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