bell appeal in Macc St Paul's 2012

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These bell-ringers, assembled outside the west door of St Paul's Church, Brook Street, Macclesfield, were helping raise funds to restore the church's bell so that it can ring out before the Queen's Diamond Jubilee ends.

And the efforts of parishioners were organised to coincide with a national bell-ringing session held right across the country to mark the opening of London’s Olympic Games.

It was part of the 'All the Bells' initiative – the idea of artist and musician Martin Creed, who called on people to ring all sorts and sizes of bells 'as quickly and as loudly as possible’ for three minutes, on the morning of the Olympics’ official opening.

The St Paul’s hand-bell group complied with gusto – the youngest ringer being just 1 year and I day old.

Vicar Kathy Kirby said: "It was such a joy to mark the opening of the London Olympics in this special way, particularly as we are hoping to have raised enough money to restore our own church bell in time to ring out Jubilee Year.

"So far we’ve raised £7,000 towards the project, and have just another £3,000 to go."

If you would like to contribute to St Paul’s Jubilee Bell Fund, please send donations to St Paul’s Parish Office, Glegg Street, Macclesfield SK11 7AJ. Phone  01625 501773 for more information.