Seaford bellringing team perform epic peal

A TOP TEAM of bellringers at St Leonard’s Church in Seaford performed an epic peal of bells.

Their efforts on December 27 marked the bicentenary of the first ever full peal exactly 200 years earlier in 1811.

The peal lasted for just over three hours, with 5,040 rings known as a Grandsire Triples.

Ringers were: tower captain Linda Perkins, tower vice captain Sharon Stocker, former tower captain Steve Lucas and steeple keeper Roger Murray, as well as Marisa Hayes, Alan Baldock and David Kirkaldy of the Sussex County Association of Change Ringers and David House of the Ancient Society of College Youths, a bell ringing group established in 1637.

Ringers and members of the church were thrilled with the full peal.

Tower captain Linda Perkins said: “We finished the peal in three hours and five minutes thanks to Roger greasing the bells prior to our marathon ring.”

Local historian Kevin Gordon added: “It was fantastic to hear our ancient and beautiful bells ringing out on such an auspicious occasion. The bells were cast locally in 1724 but were recast in 1811 when the first full peal was made and again in 1923. Our bell ringers are following an ancient tradition – long may it continue.”

The group raised around £100 for maintaining the bells and tower from a collection and donations. To find out more about bellringing or to make a donation call Linda on 01323 8922675.