Radio Nottingham St George's Day Ringing

St George’s Day 2008 in Nottinghamshire.


On Monday 21 April BBC Radio Nottingham received a text from a listener who felt we didn't celebrate St. George’s Day enough in this country. So, the radio station’s breakfast presenter, Andy Whittaker, wanted to find a collective way for listeners to celebrate the day. He decided that at 8.15am on April 23rd listeners would celebrate St. George’s Day by ringing a bell of any kind - door bells, bike bells, ornamental bells, school bells, bus bells, church bells the possibilities were endless!

After many phone calls and e-mails to tower contacts principally in the greater Nottingham area, given the short amount of time between the request and the day itself, we managed to achieve a radio interview and some handbell ringing demonstrating rounds on the Tuesday morning before St George’s Day. On the day itself the radio station had reporters in two churches at 8.15 a.m. recording the ringing and talking to ringers plus other interviews with ringers local and national  including Tony Smith (CCCBR Vice President).

A selection of these items and the introductory handbell piece from the day before are available as MP3 files, namely:

Tuesday 22nd April

Handbells including interview with Mary Stephens PRO for Southwell DG and Canon Tony Evans.

Wednesday 23rd April

Interview with Elizabeth Beardsley (Daybrook and Southwell DG Treasurer).

Main piece: including interview with Tony Smith, Nottingham St Mary bells and interview with Corinna England wife of Tower Captain Peter England, and with Peter Hawcock, followed by St Katherine bells, Teversal and an interview with Rose Singleton

Interview with Rick (from Gedling)

Summary roundup of the morning's St George's day program broadcast at just before the end of the program at 9am.

Last updated: 17 March 2009