Peal held to commemorate life of Tickenham soldier

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 June 2018

The peal last for more than two hours. Picture: Alan Burnell

The peal last for more than two hours. Picture: Alan Burnell

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A rare bell ringing ceremony took place to commemorate the life of a Tickenham solider who died during World War One.

Private Stanley George Wait of the Somerset Light Infantry lost his life on the battlefield on June 21, 1917.

Stanley was also a bell ringer at Church of St Quiricus and St Julietta, in Church Road, and to commemorate more than 100 years since his passing a peal was rung by a team of six bell ringers.

Peals must consist of at least 5,000 changes or combinations, once started it must not stop and each ringer must see it through.

Only five peals have ever been recorded in Tickenham and this display lasted for two hours and 49 minutes with 5,040 combinations.

Ringer Alan Burnell said: “It is a very specialised performance and, in order to be recognised in the record books, it has to meet several criteria.

“This demands a demonstration by each ringer of both concentration and stamina to get each change correct and keep going.

“It was a nice way to honour Stanley’s passing.”

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