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Ringing for HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Bells in over 52 places across Derbyshire, church bells plus handbells and a mini-ring were rung in memory of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Much of the ringing was tolling a single bell (due to COVID restrictions), usually the largest bell, half-muffled (a leather cap is placed on one side of the clapper so the bell sounds alternately loud and soft - traditional for funerals and on Remembrance Sunday). In normal times all of the bells in each tower would have been rung half-muffled for HRH.

St Peter and St Paul at Old Brampton could be heard across the fields with most of the ringing taking place at noon on Sat 10 April and prior to the National Minute of Silence at 3pm at the start the Prince's funeral on Sat 17 April.

Calling all Future Campanologists

Bell towers across the county hope to recruit new people to ringing as soon as all covid restrictions are lifted. It's a fascinating activity for both young people and adults, a mental and physical challenge, you don't have to be strong or musical, and people of all faiths and none are welcome.

If you'd like to give it a try please email:


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