Let The Bells Ring Out . . .
Erewash Borough Council has welcomed the completion of the project to repair the bells of St Mary’s Parish Church in Ilkeston.
The council pledged £9,500 to the church’s community fundraising drive for the major restoration work, which included refurbishing the frame and fitting and re-hanging the bells.
Councillor Chris Corbett, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
“It is wonderful to hear the bells of St Mary’s ringing out again across Ilkeston, as they have done since 1732. We are delighted to have been able to give money for this important repair and restoration work. This council values the history and heritage of our borough and is committed to protecting it – so keeping the church bells ringing, an age-old tradition in this country, is very important to us.
“Well done to all those involved with this refurbishment at Ilkeston’s parish church, which stands at the very heart of the town.”
The original bells of 1732 were recast and added to in 1910, resulting in the current ring of eight bells – widely accepted as one of the finest in Derbyshire.