Father Jim McPherson, Bell Tower captain Ruth Andersen and Charmaine Smith, armed with the bell ropes, are counting the days until the bells return to Maryborough.
Father Jim McPherson, Bell Tower captain Ruth Andersen and Charmaine Smith, armed with the bell ropes, are counting the days until the bells return to Maryborough. Robyne Cuerel

Bells return from London

AFTER a round-the-world trip to London, the bells of St Paul's Anglican Church will begin to ring again this month when they return to Maryborough.

The 125-year-old church bells were carefully removed from the church in April before being sent to the Whitechapel Foundry to be restored.

The bells have now made their way back to Brisbane and will soon travel back to Maryborough before being reinstalled in the tower from September 10.

The painstaking process will mean the roof of the bell tower will have to be completely removed in order for the nine bells to be lowered in to their new bearings.

A new roof will then be installed.

Whitechapel's chief bell-hanger Neil Thomas will oversee the reinstallation of the bells after travelling out to Australia to supervise the removal.

While in Whitechapel, the bells shared floor space with a bell used in the London Olympics opening ceremony and the Jubilee Bells that led a parade along the Thames River for Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee celebrations.

Spectators have been invited to watch the reinstallation of the bells from the Memorial Hall lawn.



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