70th Anniversary of VE Day
9th May 2015

Photo: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images



"On June 13th 1940 The order was given out on the wireless that Church and Chapel bells must not be rung except in the event of invasion."



It is particularly significant that bells should be used in celebration of the anniversary of VE day because during the War, the government needed to find some means of alerting the whole country to the immediate danger of enemy landings. They chose the one signal which would reach virtually everybody in the country – church bells. On June 13 1940 an Order in Council announced that bells were not to be rung except on the orders of the police or the military. If they were rung, it would be as a warning of invasion.
This order was lifted in 1945 and on VE day bells across Europe rang out to celebrate Victory.

70 years later, joining Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and many other Cathedrals and Churches across the UK, the bells at St Martin’s once again rang out across Trafalgar Square to celebrate peace. Whilst organising the ringing I felt that is was only appropriate to mark special occasion with a bespoke piece of ringing. It was decided that a “date touch” consisting of 1945 changes, the year of VE day, was most suitable. This was successfully completed in 1 hour 18 minutes on Saturday 9th May 2015.

Benjamin Meyer.
Vice Captain.


St Martin-in-the-Fields Band of Bell Ringers

St Martin in the Fields, Westminster
Saturday, 9 May 2015
1945 Grandsire Triples
was rung in 1hour 18mins

  1. Paul Caruana
  2. Elizabeth Hibbert
  3. John Barnes
  4. Benjamin Clive
  5. Michael Evans
  6. Phillip Ridley
  7. Benjamin D Kipling (Conductor)
  8. Jonathan Galloway

Rung to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.
Also to celebrate the birth of HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
on 2nd May 2015

 

St Martin in the Fields
Band of Bell Ringers
Saturday 9th May 2015

1945 Grandsire Triples
was rung at
St Martin in the Fields in 1 hour 18minutes


  1. Paul Caruana
  2. Elizabeth Hibbert
  3. John Barnes
  4. Benjamin Clive
  5. Michael Evans
  6. Phillip Ridley
  7. Benjamin D Kipling 
  8. Jonathan Galloway

Conducted by
Benjamin D Kipling

Rung to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.

Also to celebrate the birth of HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana on 2nd May 2015

View the quarter peal on BellBoard here