How Bellringers Are Honouring The Fallen This Remembrance

The sound of bells will echo across the UK to mark the centenary of the Armistice.

On Remembrance Sunday bells will ring out in unison from churches and cathedrals in villages, towns and cities across the UK to mark the centenary of the Armistice.

Bell ringers at Ripon Cathedral in North Yorkshire have been practising for the day's proceedings.

The Ringing Training Officer, Robert Wood, said he expects to be very busy as it will be a massive event.

“There’s ringing all across the country and I hope millions of people will hear them and understand why.”

Bells are checked on CCTV at Ripon Cathedral
Bells are checked on CCTV at Ripon Cathedral ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

Captain of the Ripon Cathedral Bell ringers, Martin Davies, also added that the bells will have a different sound in order to reflect the mood of the day.

He said the "normal cascade of sound" that people associate with weddings and other cheerful occasions will be reduced by wrapping leather pads around the clappers inside the bells.

“It means the bells sound alternately loud and soft. It gives a very solemn echo effect."

Ripon Catherdral bells will ring out for Remembrance
Ripon Catherdral bells will join a special nationwide ringing on Remembrance Sunday.

Martin says he hopes people will notice the difference in the sound and wonder why.

“Why do the bells sound different? Oh yes, it’s Remembrance.”

Ripon Cathedral bell ringers practice for Remembrance
Remembrance Sunday will also pay tribute to 1400 bell ringers from across the UK who died in the First World War.

After the services the mood of the bell ringing will change and the leather pads will be removed.

“On Sunday evening the bells will be rung open and joyfully to celebrate peace.”