Bellringing usually takes place for special events - in the past, we have rung for the Queen's Golden Jubilee, the Millennium, and lots of weddings. So ringing for the Diamond Jubilee was planned well in advance.
What is especially interesting, is that bellringing has had a prominent place in the national celebrations today. There was a special ring of eight bells cast, that will be hung in St James Garlickhythe in the City of London. These bells and their frame were temporarily mounted on a barge for todays Thames Jubilee Pageant. A hand picked band of ringers rang a quarter peal while leading today's Royal Jubilee Flotilla on the Thames. See a video of last weeks tryout here:
Locally, Mike conducted a peal of Plain Bob Triples at Southwold yesterday. And today we rang two quarter peals...
At Pettistree we rang a quarter peal of Cambridge Surprise Minor, we then went to Ufford where we rang a quarter peal of Yorkshire Surprise Major. And tomorrow, Mike will be ringing in a peal at Sweffling.
I had fun watching the flotilla on TV - and am now back on track to finish the last quilting on "Piilani" my purple and white Hawaiian quilt which will be going into the Festival of Quilts. A good day!