Bells of all shapes and sizes will ring out across the country at 12.30pm on Sunday 11th November to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice, and churches and individuals across the Diocese of Peterborough are being encouraged to take part.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) wants bells – of any sort and in any location – to be rung to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. According to Julie Spence, the Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, this will appropriately emulate the events of 11th November 1918: “This will be a symbolic way to give thanks for the end of war 100 years ago, and will replicate the national outpouring of relief that took place at the end of the war as news of the Armistice filtered through and bells which had long been silent rang out.”
Following the national two minutes’ silence at 11.00am, the bell-ringing at 12.30pm will help mark the shift in emphasis from remembrance in the morning to thanksgiving in the afternoon for the end of war and for peace. It will also coincide with the start of the People’s Procession, where 10,000 members of the public will march past the Cenotaph in London to say thank you on behalf of the nation to all those who served in the First World War.
Peterborough Cathedral will be taking part in the national bell-ringing, following the Cathedral’s 11.45am Remembrance Service, and the DCMS is interested to hear about any other bell-ringing plans planned within the diocese. You can inform the department of your own bell-ringing and Armistice Day events via https://armistice100.org.uk/events/, where you can see a webmap of other events planned for Sunday 11th November.