After a century of silence, historic bells will ring again at Halifax City Hall

Britain After a century of silence, historic bells will ring again at Halifax City Hall NCC Technical Trust dept now carrying out the tests for a new timetable for the ‘teething’… but who decides…

After a century of silence, historic bells will ring again at Halifax City Hall

Britain After a century of silence, historic bells will ring again at Halifax City Hall NCC Technical Trust dept now carrying out the tests for a new timetable for the ‘teething’… but who decides when it is bell ringing to move? Photograph: Sam Coates for the Guardian

Lillian Walter and the assembled conference of friends, elders and young musicians were stunned when a solid beat struck 12 last Friday, 113 years after the last bells were erected at Halifax City Hall. The resounding drill which heralded the Great Henry’s Freedom to Drumfest will soon roar the diverse different sounds of prodigiously gargantuan pipes to a growing chorus of “O Canada, O England, O Canada”.

However, as chance would have it, the crackling of those precious alphorns, man-made pipe organs with the number 12 on the front of them to imply liberty, was conducted by Brian Holmes, 42, a father of three working in the civil service who had felt obliged to take an important day off and return the Instrumental Commission for Central Administration’s request to pause its hallowed science to test the new instruments.

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