It is so sad to hear that the saga of York Minsters axed bell ringers, tolls on, and to also further learn that we are unlikely to hear bells ring out across this historic city, until the New Year.
Earlier in the year, the evening bells offered much comfort , as I walked regularly from the city hospital, across the River Ouse and back to the railway station, after sometimes harrowing visits to see my father.
Silence over the dark winter months, seems to be unacceptable, whatever the health and safety issues, after all the hundreds of years, that the bells have rung.
Recently awarded for a Nobel award in literature, Bob Dylan sums it up so well in his magnificent song ‘Ring Them Bells’:
“Ring them bells Saint Peter where the four winds blow,
ring them bells with an iron hand,
so the people will know…”