Bells ring out in town to welcome new Mayor

The eight ringers who performed the Mayors Peal at Morpeth Clock Tower with the new Mayor, Coun Nic Best.
The eight ringers who performed the Mayors Peal at Morpeth Clock Tower with the new Mayor, Coun Nic Best.

Ringers from across the North East converged on Morpeth to carry out the traditional Mayor’s Peal.

The performance on Saturday, May 20, at Morpeth Clock Tower to welcome the new Mayor, Coun Nic Best, included two members of the local band, Christopher Teasdale and Rev Simon White.

Also ringing were Alan Barber (Tower Captain at Whitley Bay), Jo Ayre (Tower Captain at Fenham), Howard Smith (Ringing Master at Newcastle Cathedral) and other members of bell-ringing groups in the North East – Barbara Davies (Ponteland), David Hamby (Whitley Bay) and Christine Richardson (Roker).

The tradition stopped in the 1960s and it was lost for two decades until it was eventually revived in 1985 following the restoration of the Clock Tower.

Therefore, 2016 marked the 33rd consecutive Mayor’s Peal.

Looking ahead, the Morpeth Clock Tower Bellringers will be hosting ringers from the Durham and Newcastle Diocesan Association of Church Bellringers’ Northern District for their monthly practice on Saturday, June 3.

The following weekend (Sunday, June 11), there will be ringing for the opening of Morpeth Fair Day, after which members will be available to speak to the public – from around 10.30am until 3pm.

The society is always on the lookout for new recruits.

Anyone wishing to give bell-ringing a try can call the Tower Captain, Matt Cracknell, on 07850 754207.

More information about its activities can be seen on the Morpeth Clock Tower Bellringers Facebook page.