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Stronger Together

Salford Manchester. (Sacred Trinity) 23 May, 1260 Grandsire Triples

James A Coleman 1, James E Hibbert 2, Philip E Chandler 3, Martyn J Owen 4, Samuel L Haste 5, Malcolm Murphy 6, K George Lee (C) 7, Stephen R Aldridge 8.

Rung half-muffled after practice. Remembering the victims of the bomb at the nearby Manchester Arena. (This church is some 500 metres from the Arena). Laura Turner, Philippa Stokoe, Ciara Billings, Wendy Lee, Mark Tearle and Andrew Tyler also attended the practice and would like to be associated with this quarter peal.

Stretford Manchester. 27 May, 1296 Plain Bob Major

Laura D Turner 1, Wendy M Lee 2, Tim J Calvert 3, Malcolm Murphy 4, James A Coleman 5, Dennis Latham 6, James E Hibbert 7, K George Lee (C) 8.

Thinking of the injured casualties from the Arena bomb, many of whom are still patients in various hospitals around Manchester.

Manchester (Cathedral) 28 May, 1260 Grandsire Triples

Wendy M Lee 1, Samuel L Haste 2, Robert Hodgetts 3, Laura D Turner 4, James A Coleman 5, Malcolm Murphy 6, K George Lee (C) 7, Keith A Simpson 8.

For evening prayer. Rung to celebrate the Spirit of the People of Manchester, in the wake of the recent atrocity at the Manchester Arena. The Cathedral is the nearest tower to the Arena, only some 200 metres away.

Manchester was absolutely stunned by the horrendous events of the night of Monday, 22nd May - events which the media reported so graphically. Our hearts went out to the victims, the casualties, the families affected and the emergency service personnel involved. Wonderful examples of selflessness, heroism, compassion and human kindness were seen in the response of the people of Manchester. However, during the subsequent week the city's feelings changed from shock and horror to resilience and defiance. There was a gritty determination that the major events planned for the holiday weekend should not be disrupted, and they weren't - if anything, they were enhanced.

By the following day a police security cordon was placed around the city centre, which included the Cathedral. Many roads were closed, and any available parking space was quickly occupied by TV outside broadcasting vans. The Manchester Universities' Guild practice at Sacred Trinity Salford carried on, with the bells half-muffled. An impromptu quarter peal was rung after the practice in memory of the victims.

A further quarter was arranged on the Saturday at Stretford, this time with the injured survivors in mind – particularly those still in hospitals around Manchester.

By Sunday the police cordon around the Cathedral had been relaxed, and a quarter was arranged at short notice which coincided with the end of the Great Manchester Run. Security checks at the door of the Cathedral were slightly unnerving - you don't often have your bags searched on your way to ringing! Apparently many folk passing by outside stopped to listen to and record the ringing during the afternoon. It was decided that the footnote should celebrate the indomitable Spirit of the People of Manchester - this is, quite rightly, the final message the bells of Manchester have sent out over the city during the week.

K. George Lee