Royal baby gets a special welcome from the bellringers

Bellringers Meg Wilson, Christopher Teasdale, Lucy Manning, Roger Dye, Janice Henney, Gill Wheeler and Colin Wheeler.
Bellringers Meg Wilson, Christopher Teasdale, Lucy Manning, Roger Dye, Janice Henney, Gill Wheeler and Colin Wheeler.

THE bells rang out in Morpeth to herald the arrival of a new Prince.

Morpeth Clock Tower Bellringers were among the first in the country to sound bells on Tuesday in honour of the newborn son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Seven of the bellringers had already planned to chime in support of Morpeth’s bloom entry as judges from the Northumbrian competition were visiting the town.

But it seemed appropriate to welcome the new Royal arrival with a special ring at the historic Clock Tower, which has the oldest original peal of bells in the country.

And at 11am, it was one of the earliest such tributes to take place, beating the afternoon chimes of Westminster Abbey.

The ring began with four blows of the deepest bell, with the others coming in in turn.

Tower Captain Roger Dye said: “The beginning of the chime was a special one for the Royal baby. We only had seven people because of the short notice, but it all worked out.

“We are always looking for new recruits, particularly young people to keep the tradition of bell-ringing and the curfew going.”