October 22, 2021

First with the Alderney News

NY Eve Bells

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Being an antipodean I am not sure if there is some significance to the bells chiming on the lead up to midnight.
Photo courtesy of wpbells.org and Graham Wright

With several venues open up and down Victoria St on New Years Eve there was quite the parade moving between venues just prior to midnight. I was one of those people. It is not often over the last 10 years I have been on the island over New Years, so i was a little stunned to hear the church bells chiming out.

I could not imagine our bell ringers heading out in the dead of a cold miserable night and then climbing that tiny spiral staircase. But that they did.

I stopped for a time to listen.

Being an antipodean I am not sure if there is some significance to the bells chiming on the lead up to midnight. Or if it was just our bell ringers celebrating in their own way ?

Next year, I will definitely take the time to stop and listen. However, I must remember to bring a pair of gloves to ward off the cold.

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