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
with Elizabeth Beardsley (Daybrook and Southwell DG Treasurer).
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
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.
17 March 2009