Ring tones will be so appealing. From Hull Daily Mail
A Familiar sound is to return to
Beverley as the bells of St Mary's Church ring out again.
The bells at the North Bar Within landmark fell silent weeks ago for a
much-needed GBP15,000 restoration.
It is only the third time in the past 100 years they have been still.
Tower captain John Atkinson said: "We are delighted with the work. It has
significantly improved the sound of the bells inside the ringing chamber and
also produced a much more balanced sound when listened to outside." Eight of St
Mary's 10 bells, regarded as having one of the finest peals in the country, were
re-hung in their first restoration for a century.
Mr Atkinson, whose band of ringers cleaned the belfry and repainted fixtures and
fittings before the main work began, said it was important to keep the bells in
He said: "St Mary's has a lot of features and the bells are one of the jewels in
"They are very important. The bells are part of the celebration of the ministry
of St Mary's.
"This work will make the bells good for another 100 years." The restoration
included replacing modern stainless steel bearings in the bell clappers with
phosphor bronze, a more traditional material but one better suited for their
Some further work on the bell frame, which, along with the bells, weighs more
than seven tonnes, is still required, but this should be completed by mid-April.
The refitted bells were rung for the first time for a short period last week,
but residents will have to wait to Sunday to hear them in their full glory.