From Phyllis Lucas.
I HAVE read Michael de Petrovsky’s letter (JEP, 30 January) regarding the bell-ringing and stating that ‘the good folk of St Ouen enjoyed a quiet and peaceful Christmas’ because the bell clapper broke.
I must say that at least one of those folk very much missed the sound – something was missing. An octogenarian and living right next to the parish church, the bell-ringing has always been a part of Christmas for my family. I love to hear the bell and to take a turn in ringing as I did this Christmas eve at midday.
Judging by the number of people who take part each year (over 400 in 2006, I understand) and who come from all parts of the Island maintaining the tradition, it is obviously enjoyed by many who make it part of their celebrations.
I do not hear the sound of a ‘timeless funereal bell’ but rather the joyful sound of a bell ringing out to remind us of both the good news of the birth of Jesus and the liberation of our Island from enemy occupation.
Ville de l’Eglise,