Together with churches around the country, Bath Abbey will be tolling its largest bell at 12 noon tomorrow (Saturday 27 Feb) to honour Captain Sir Tom Moore on the day of his funeral.
One of the Abbey’s bell ringers will be tolling the tenor bell, which weighs 33cwt, 100 times. The other bells will be sounded using the Ellacombe Chime, which enables multiple bells to be chimed by a single person.
The Revd Canon Guy Bridgewater, Rector of Bath Abbey, said: “We hope when you hear the tenor bell tolling loud and clear tomorrow at midday, you’ll join us in remembering Captain Sir Tom Moore and praying for his family. Captain Tom has been an inspiration to so many of us. May his life and legacy encourage us all to continue to take one step at a time. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.”
The ringing of the bells is especially poignant as it will be one of the few times the Abbey’s bells will be heard around the city for the first time this year. Since the start of this third lockdown there has been only very limited chiming by members of the same household, and no practices, in support of government guidance to stay at home except for an essential reason.