[Bell Historians] Redundant bells in Greenock

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Fri Dec 8 21:43:18 GMT 2006

Yes please, with diameters and weights - very many thanks


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  From: aaj buswell 
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  Greenock, S George are a chime of 10 recast by Gillett & Johnston in 1950, Weight 18-1-17 in F 345 hz. I have all the tuning details if required. Alan.
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    From: Robert Lewis 
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    Sent: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 12:26 AM
    Subject: Re: [Bell Historians] Redundant bells in Greenock

    Below is an extract from the Greenock Telegraph's website.

    Does anyone know anything about these bells and what is likely to happen to them?



    GREENOCK'S last traditional bellringer will stand down after 70 years service when his church shuts its doors for the last time.

    The pealing of the bells every Sunday morning at St George's North was a labour of love for Andrew McKellar, now 93.

    The church closes at the end of the month and it will be the end of an era for both the man and the town when the bells cease to toll for worship.

    Andrew, of Kelly Street, first started ringing the bells in 1936 and is now a legend of the belfry.

    He was asked to pick up the ropes when he was a member of the choir and hasn't looked back since.

    Andrew said: "I will certainly miss it as I have been doing it for so long.

    "It has been a big part of my life and it is very sad to see it go."

    In the past few years, his daughter, Elizabeth, helped him up the stairs to the bell mechanism to let him carry on ringing.

    She said: "Even if he wasn't feeling well, he still wanted to come to the church to ring the bells."

    Andrew was part of the team that rang the bells to celebrate the end of the Second World War on 8 May 1945, marking victory in


    In the six years of conflict, the ringing of church bells had been banned by the wartime government.

    The traditional bells and ropes, first installed in the church in 1889, are long gone.

    In later years, a keyboard has been used to peal the 10 bells.

    Always dedicated to his job, Andrew recalled going up the tower to hit the bells himself with a hammer when one stopped working.

    Neighbours close to St George's North would wake every Sunday to the sound of hymns chiming up and down Nelson Street.

    Church minister Reverend Douglas Hamilton said: "Andrew was not only dedicated to the bells but also as an elder and a property officer. It was a labour of love for him to serve the church."

    Now as the days of St George's North draws to a close, Andrew is left with a final decision ­ what to play on the last day.

    He said: "I will play Highland Cathedral and Passing of the Peace, which isn't a hymn but a song we sing in the church.

    "I don't know yet what else I will play."

    St George's North will close on 29 November when the Church of Scotland congregation joins with nearby St Luke's.

    This story appeared in the Greenock Telegraph on Tue, 14 Nov, 2006

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