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Norwich hosts national bell-ringing finals 

The biggest date in the church bell-ringing calendar takes place in Norwich in June and visitors to the Celebrate Norwich & Norfolk exhibition will have a front row seat.

The National Twelve Bell Competition Final takes place at St Peter Mancroft church next to the Forum in Norwich city centre on June 27 with ten teams from around the country competing for the honour.
The venue was chosen as the church is celebrating its own 300th anniversary of the first peal of bells to be rung anywhere in the world – at St Peter Mancroft.
And during the Celebrate Norfolk event on June 13 and 14 several of the teams will be in the city to practice their performances.
Simon Rudd, chairman of the Mancroft Appeal300, said: “We invited the competition to hold its final in Norwich to tie in with Mancroft Appeal300 and the associated celebrations.
“The final is the biggest event in the ringing calendar and we expect over 500 visiting ringers to be around on the day.”
Each team which has qualified for the 40-year-old National Twelve Bell Competition Final is allowed to come to the final venue for a practice session and on June 13 and 14 four teams will be ringing.
The four teams are Towcester (June 13, 11:30am to 1pm), Birmingham (June 13, 1pm to 2:30pm), Cambridge (June 14, 1pm to 2:30pm) and the Ancient Society of College Youths (June 14, 2:30pm to 4pm).
The other six teams taking part in the finals are Norwich as hosts plus Leeds, Exeter, Bristol, Melbourne (Derbyshire) and the Society of Royal Cumberland Youths.
Read more about the 300th anniversary on this website

Pictured above are ringers from the St Peter Mancroft Guild of Ringers in action in the church belfry.