Tribute to the remarkable Tibenham bellringers cut down in the First World War

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The bellringing talents of six Tibenham farm labourers who went to fight in the First World War, with only half coming back, will be marked next week.

Clarence Gooch, Frederick Manser, George Snelling, Bertie Turner, John Snelling and Frederick Seager were all young Tibenham men who were so remarkably good at bell ringing, that they performed a feat of the art never before seen in this country.

This complex full peal - which lasts three hours - was rung in 1913. The last full peal at the church before the outbreak of war was rung by the men on May 13, 1914. That same peel will be rung on that date, Tuesday, next week, 100 years later, by a group of talented bellringers from Norfolk and beyond - to mark what the men achieved as ringers, and also the war loss of three of the six men.


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