Loughborough Bell Festival
Sunday 10th September 2023
Many thanks to all those who joined as the bells rang out in our first-ever festival to commemorate the bell as a unique symbol of Loughborough and its heritage.
Our 7-foot willow representation of the Great Paul bell - the largest bell ever cast in Britain - was blessed at All Saints Church, and left to a peal of church bells, pulled on a vintage trailer by a 140-year-old steam engine.
Many of you brought a bell of your own and joined in the parade to Granby Street, where we met the steam engine and followed the bell into Queen’s Park to be welcomed by the Mayor of Charnwood and music from our hundred-year-old Carillon Tower.
Many relaxed with a picnic and listened to brass band music and singing, had a go at hand bells and art activities, watch local Morris sides dance and found out about the history of John Taylor & Co, Loughborough’s world-famous bell foundry - all in the glorious surroundings of the park donated to the town by local benefactors to mark Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee.
We will soon be uploading photographs from the day, and a short film so keep checking back
This was a FREE event staged during the national Heritage Open Day initiative. For further details and information on other local HOD activities see here.