Big ‘O’ bells rung for Queen in North Lopham

VILLAGE SIGNS - NORTH LOPHAM ENGANL00120121029162129

VILLAGE SIGNS - NORTH LOPHAM ENGANL00120121029162129

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Bells rang out for a double “0” anniversary at North Lopham yesterday.

As well as the Queen’s birthday, it was also 90 years since the dedication and first peal after the rehanging of the bells in St Nicholas’ Tower. Since then peals have been rung whenever possible to mark Big “0” anniversaries, and until the Queen’s 80th birthday when he was 92, Albert Driver, one of the ringers from 1926 when he was a boy of 12, was part of the ringing team. Yesterday only a quarter peal was rung, reflecting the dwindling number of ringers.

Evensong tomorrow at 4pm will mark St George’s Day and the Royal Birthday, with favourite English hymns and the church decked out with flowers and flags. Tea and cake will follow.