Going like the clappers

PUBLISHED: 15:52 08 June 2007 | UPDATED: 22:51 28 May 2010

Back, left to right, Ray Mason, David Bamford, Alan Wright, John Wright; front, Colin Hatch (captain) and David Catling. Timekeepers were Tanya Harrington and Christine Betts.

Back, left to right, Ray Mason, David Bamford, Alan Wright, John Wright; front, Colin Hatch (captain) and David Catling. Timekeepers were Tanya Harrington and Christine Betts.

DESPITE aching limbs and blistered hands sheer determination made a team of six bellringers record breakers early in 1981. They rang Doddington Church bells non-stop for three hours and two minutes, breaking the previous record by 26 minutes. That was in

DESPITE aching limbs and blistered hands sheer determination made a team of six bellringers record breakers early in 1981.

They rang Doddington Church bells non-stop for three hours and two minutes, breaking the previous record by 26 minutes. That was in 1911 by a team of five.

The marathon had a dual purpose - not only to break the record but to raise funds for the church's restoration fund.

Ringers taking part were: Back, left to right, Ray Mason, David Bamford, Alan Wright, John Wright; front, Colin Hatch (captain) and David Catling. Timekeepers were Tanya Harrington and Christine Betts.

The original five bells date from 1736 and a sixth was bought by selling a valuable flagon. They were re-hung in 1946.

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