On Saturday 28 May, a Quarter Peal of 1260 Grandsire Triples was rung at St Michael, Flixton in honour of Pat and George Nix. Pat and George have devoted 60 years of service to the parish church, holding the offices of Church Warden, Bell Tower Captain and Sunday School teacher amongst others.

George began his ringing career in 1955 in Torquay and continued with the Manchester University Guild. He and Pat met through bell ringing while both were students and they moved to Flixton as newlyweds in 1962. Bell ringing became a true family affair when they taught their three children to ring and the tradition has been passed in turn to their granddaughters. In fact, they were able to make a family band to ring a quarter peal for George’s 80th birthday a few years ago.

We relished the opportunity to show them both how much we appreciate them with a get together over a buffet lunch before the ringing began. The Quarter peal of 1260 Grandsire Triples was completed in 43 minutes. The sun kindly shone on us, making it a most pleasant afternoon, marred only by Pat being unable to join us.

The band is pictured below with George:-

From left to rignt: David Mitchell, Angela Mitchell, Malcolm Murphy, George Nix, Michael Smethurst, Helen Thompson, K George Lee, Wendy Fryer, Chris Chalmers.