Exmouth man still ringing the bells after 70 years

PUBLISHED: 09:06 20 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:06 20 May 2015

Six of the bellringers from St John the Evangelist, Withycombe Raleigh
The photograph shows (L to R) Roger King, Trevor Bradley, Janet Coles (Tower Captain), David Wills, Tony Williams and Robert Perry.

Six of the bellringers from St John the Evangelist, Withycombe Raleigh The photograph shows (L to R) Roger King, Trevor Bradley, Janet Coles (Tower Captain), David Wills, Tony Williams and Robert Perry.

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An Exmouth man who helped ring the bells to mark the end of World War Two was ringing them again 70 years later.

Robert Parry and his fellow members in the Withycombe Raleigh Parish Church Bellringers were ‘pealing’ the bells at St John the Evangelist Church.

A regular member of the band, Robert learned the skill at St John’s when the wartime ban on ringing was lifted in 1943.

Aged 17, he helped to ring the bells for VE Day celebrations in 1945, little realising that seven decades later he would be doing the same for the anniversary.

A spokesman for the bellringers said: “Although the band ring regularly for service, weddings and other events, we felt privileged and proud to mark this unique occasion in such a traditional English way.”

Bell ringers in churches across the country performed to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

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