York Minster bell ringers join nationwide VE Day commemorations

Sunday 10 May 2015

York Minster’s bell ringers will join a nationwide event on Sunday (10 May) to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.

The team of ten bell ringers will ring a quarter peal at 2.45pm as part of the country’s commemorations to mark the moment peace broke out in 1945.

The ringing of church bells was a key part of VE Day 70 years ago, which saw an end to nearly six years of war and chaos across Europe.

Peter Sanderson, York Minster Ringing Master, said: “We’re proud to be joining cathedrals and churches across the country to mark this momentous day. We hope people visiting York Minster and the wider city will enjoy listening to the bells and take a moment to remember those who gave their lives during the conflict.”

The Rt Hon William Hague MP said: “VE Day 70 is an opportunity to remember the sacrifice and sheer determination of the people who saw us through this dark period, give thanks to all those who so bravely played their part and celebrate peace and reconciliation.”

The York Minster bell ringers will start to ring the quarter peal at 2.45pm and finish just before the cathedral’s Evensong service at 4pm.

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