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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 1st September, 2015)

Bell ringers

Bell ringers
Bell ringers based at St Peter's, Hindley, here ringing for a wedding at St James with St Thomas, Poolstock, on 22/8/15. The Captain, Martin, is just out of shot. Anyone interested in finding out more about bell ringing can do so via wigan.master@lacr.org.uk

Photo: Andrew Fishburn  (Canon EOS 6D)
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Comment by: Mick on 1st September 2015 at 05:58

Andrew there was a woman named Mags who came on Wiganworld once asking about a carved mirror that she believed was given to the bell ringers of St James Church Poolstock by some of her relatives named Forshaw she said they were master boatbuilders working for the Leeds Liverpool Canal Co. and her great grandfather who lived in the canal cottages near Trencherfield Mill had donated this mirror.

Anyway I managed to get up in the tower one day and found the mirror and took a photo for her, which has a carved canal boat on it, and is the same mirror on your photo.

Did you take a look in the bellringers visitors book, Ive just had a look at my old photos and can see that there where bell ringers who had signed it from as far a way as Oxfordshire.

Comment by: Garry on 1st September 2015 at 18:30

It's blared don't you think.

Comment by: Beryl on 1st September 2015 at 20:04

Love hearing church bells, unfortunately my church is a new build so we don't have any bells.
A lovely photo of these guys in action

Comment by: Andrew on 1st September 2015 at 22:18

Thanks Mick for the info, I had a good look at the mirror and wondered about the story behind it. I didn't see the bell ringers book but will have a look if I get the chance to go up again. Amazing stories like that really bring it to life - thanks for sharing.

One of the ringers in the pic is my son and lives in London - he rings whenever he can when up in Wigan!

Garry - completely agree but it was deliberately done to try and show movement- the pics I took where the ringers and their ropes are frozen and pin sharp look a bit daft!

Comment by: Mick on 1st September 2015 at 23:00

Andrew Ive just had a look at some of the photos that I took of the visitors book and two signatures are what looks to be a
B Darbyshire and Jon Blinkorn of Wigan Parish Church

Comment by: Mick on 1st September 2015 at 23:01

I should have said the date was 1966

Comment by: Garry on 2nd September 2015 at 18:55

Understood, well done Andrew.

Comment by: Renee on 5th September 2015 at 20:01

Sort out your spelling, Garry. (blurred, not blared)
No wonder southeners think we're all "thick up north"

Comment by: Garry on 14th September 2015 at 06:53

Sort out your ignorance first, Renee.

Comment by: Roy on 14th November 2016 at 12:32

The reason it is blurred Garry is because of the movement of the ropes.

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