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Bell ringers aim for new world record; Cathedral to host bid.

Byline: BY LIZA WILLIAMS Daily Post Staff

BELL ringers at Liverpool Cathedral will be making a huge noise today, as they attempt to break a world record that has stood for more than 100 years.

The cathedral already has the highest and heaviest peal of bells in the world, but ringers will today be aiming for the first time a full peal on the back eight bells has been rung.

If successful, it will be the heaviest eight-bell peal ever rung and will take the record from Exeter Cathedral.

Members of the public will be able to go part-way up the tower while the world record is being attempted, to a lower viewing gallery.

While the ringing will be on eight bells, there will actually be nine ringers, with two members of the team joining forces.

Ring master Len Mitchell and his daughter, Rachel, will be ringing the Tenor bell, the heaviest of the set, together.

He said: "A full peal consists of ringing at least 5,000 changes and the ringers aren't allowed to stop, make a mistake or repeat a previous change.

"It's going to be quite demanding but we're looking forward to it."

Cathedral spokesman Eryl Parry said: "Liverpool Cathedral has the heaviest peal of bells in the world hung for ringing in the traditional English style.

"The bells were installed in 1951.

"Any heavy bell records created at Liverpool will remain until a heavier set of bells is cast and installed and this is highly unlikely due to cost and finding a building capable of taking a peal of bells of such weight."

The Tenor bell at Liverpool weighs 82 hundredweight - just over four tons - with Exeter's weighing half a ton less.

Ringing will start at 10am and should finish before 3pm.

The attempt, in Capital of Culture year, follows on from a peal of Cambridge Surprise Royal rung at the cathedral last year to celebrate Liverpool's 800th anniversary and which was the heaviest 10-bell peal ever rung.

lizawilliams@dailypost.co.uk

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