Refurbished church bells set to get a ringing endorsement
ST PAUL'S Church bells will be ringing in tune across Maryborough later this week when the newly restored bells are officially blessed by the Archbishop of Brisbane.
The large bells will be blessed by Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall on Friday afternoon.
Volunteers at the church began the long tedious process of fundraising to have the bells restored more than three years ago, in the hopes of having them ring in their former glory.
Funds for the restoration were raised through generous donations from local businesses, churches, bell-ringing groups, heritage trusts and the Fraser Coast Regional Council.
St Paul's Church Bells Appeal Committee publicity officer Ian Miles said the restoration process cost more than $100,000.
"Over $110,000 has been raised to remove, transport and restore the bells and their bearings so they will last even more than the 125 years they served before requiring their first full service," Mr Miles said.
"The restoration work was carried out at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London where they were originally manufactured for Edgar Aldridge.
The official Blessing of the Bells will take place at St Paul's Church on Friday at 4pm.