News:2009:Abbey Ringers Meet the Mayor

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On Monday 16th February, the Bath Abbey ringers (and friends) were invited to a reception with the Mayor of Bath, Councillor Tim Ball.

Over drinks and nibbles, the Mayor thanked the ringers for their work, and in particular ringing for his mayor-making service last year. In return, Will Willans, tower captain of the Abbey, thanked the Mayor for inviting us and informed him of an incident in 1849 when the Abbey ringers of the time were paid to ring for an important city event. Following the ringing, the band promptly distributed several leaflets to the many of the visiting dignitaries, to inform them of their toils that morning and inviting them to make any additional contributions they saw fit! To say the Mayor of the time was not happy about this is an understatement: he had the band brought before him in his role as magistrate and they were promptly sacked from their role and banned from the tower! William therefore expressed his appreciation to the Mayor for allowing us into his parlour 150 years later and allowing us to make-amends!

Following the reception came the serious business of a practice night across the road at the Abbey. The Mayor came up to observe us and have a brief go at some backstrokes. The health and safety conscious amongst you will be pleased to hear that he did not wear his chain whilst ringing!

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