ORANGE residents will have to cop a few bell ringers this weekend, but not by way of punches.
Bells will be echoing from Lithgow to Orange from March 11-14 as part of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Bellringers (ANZAB) Festival of Bellringing.
Bands of bell ringers all over the world range from ages 10 to over 80-years-of-age and over 120 ringers from the United Kingdom, New Zealand and all parts of Australia will be converging on the Central West this weekend.
Ringers will have the opportunity to participate in ringing peals and quarter peals.
For a bell ringer, ringing a peal is the pinnacle of campanology.
Orange representative for the 2016 Central West ANZAB ringing festival said the event, which visits Orange for the first time, is a great thing for the region.
“It will be really good to have some other ringers here, especially ones that are really experienced because that improves our skills as well,” she said.
“We often have visitors from the UK or New Zealand but we’ve never had over 100 visitors at any one time.
“It’s a really good opportunity to showcase our region which is lovely.”
Commencing on March 11, non-ringing activities for visitors to the region include a mayoral reception in Bathurst, a dinner at Rydges in Bathurst, a commemorative service at Holy Trinity in Orange, followed by a lunch and a bell ringing competition in Orange on Sunday afternoon.