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All Saints church, Bingley

To mark the final year of the First World War centenary commemorations, 1,400 new bell ringers are being recruited across the UK.

A call is going out to recruit 1,400 new bell ringers in the UK this year - the number who died in the First World War.

On 11 November 2018, 100 years since Armistice, bells will ring out in unison from churches and cathedrals in villages, towns and cities across the country.

To mark the final year of the First World War centenary commemorations, 1,400 new bell ringers will be recruited in honour of the 1,400 that lost their lives.

Church bells across the UK remained restricted throughout the course of the war and only rang freely once Armistice was declared on 11 November 1918.

Jane Lynch is captain of Bingley Bellringers, who ring out of All Saints church in Bingley. She told Pulse 1 & Pulse 2: "Anything that creates interest in bellringing is a good thing.

"The connection to the end of the First World War is another attraction because we want to ring as many bells as possible later this year.

"It would be nice to have some younger members. I've just started teaching a 14-year-old boy who's learning it as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The Ringing Remembers campaign is being run by the government. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: "The Ringing Remembers campaign will be a fitting end to our projects, events and activities that have marked the end of the First World War and a tribute to the heroic men and women who sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy today.

As the centenary commemorations draw to a close, our priority is to make sure we continue to keep the history of the First World War alive for generations to come, even as it falls out of living memory.

Become a bell ringer today by emailing RingingRemembers@bigideascompany.org

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