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There’s a reason for only quoting the second half of Tennyson’s opening line from ‘In Memoriam’. Too many of our ringers were away to ring at Midnight on New Year’s Eve. That’s maybe not too surprising after the marathon effort of ringing for six services within 22 hours over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
But later in the morning we rang in 2019 in style, with a specially composed performance of 2019 changes of Yorkshire Surprise Major – the length being designed to match the year. That was possible thanks to the support of the local ringing community, with ringers from Eversley, Farnborough, High Wycombe and St Paul’s in the band as well as three of our own ringers.
There were over 100 ringing performances around the world on New Year’s Day, including several special ‘2019’ performances. As usual, ringers down began while we were still in bed, and the first ‘2019’ rung was at the RC Cathedral in Sydney, Australia.
John Harrison (January 2019)
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