Not Ringing for Brexit

by Michael Ford last modified 15 Jan, 2020 01:45 PM

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers has issued a statement following a campaign to have church bells rung to mark the UK leaving the EU.

Not Ringing for Brexit

Original photo Ed Dunens on Flickr

Vicki Chapman, Public Relations Office for the Council, issued the following statement:

"We have started to receive queries about bells being rung on 31st January to mark the UK leaving the European Union.

"There are historical moments for which bells have been rung – end of world wars for example. In 2018 the Central Council worked with the government on a recruitment and awareness campaign to recognise 100 years since WW1 Armistice.

"However the Central Council, as a principle, does not endorse bell ringing for political reasons.

"Individual towers have discretion to ring for such occasions but is on a case by case basis and typically needs permission from the incumbent."

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