Bells toll in Epworth for Paris victims

St Andrews Church in Epworth
St Andrews Church in Epworth

The shock that swept across the country as news broke about the Paris atrocity last week reverberated around the Isle.

At Epworth’s St Andrew’s Parish Church, the bells were rung half muffled for Sunday’s Service and during Monday’s practice, in respect for those who died. To ring half muffled a leather pad is strapped to one side of a bell’s clapper. It deadens the sound of alternate strokes of the bells, the muffled stroke sounding similar to an echo. Churchman Melvyn Rose said: “Normally only for the death of a sovereign, are the bells rung fully muffled.”