A royal ring for Queen’s jubilee

CHURCH bells are to ring out along the 65-mile length of the Welland Valley to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

For 12 hours on Monday, June 4, the bells in every church tower, from Sibbertoft in Northamptonshire to The Wash, will be rung.

There are 34 towers with bells along the valley and the royal ring will start at 9am, allowing 20 minutes for each church to take part.

The last ring will be in Fosdyke where the church bell will be rung 60 times to mark the lighting of the village’s Diamond Jubilee beacon.

Five counties, including Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, are taking part in the event. Three dioceses – Peterborough, Leicester, and Lincoln – and seven branches of the Diocesan Guilds of church bell ringers are involved.

Villages in the north of the county which are taking part in the Welland Valley event are Cottingham, Caldecott, Gretton, Lyddington, Harringworth, Great Easton and Ashley.