Chimes ring out across King’s Lynn again

St Nicholas Church
St Nicholas Church
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The bells of St Nicholas’ Chapel in Lynn sprang into life on Saturday night as the peals were rang in earnest for the first time in two years.

Apart from two recent test peals, the chimes have been silent while the eight bells were taken away for repair after they became impossible to ring.

That meant them being taken away to Whites of Appleton in Oxfordshire after the Friends of St Nicholas’ Chapel had raised £42,000 to pay for the necessary repairs, with £24,000 coming from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The 45-minute peal on Saturday, starting at 5.30pm, was to herald concert-goers to a special concert being held at St Nicholas that night.

Organised by the King’s Lynn Festival it was some top-draw brass band music from the Fairey Band, of Cheshire, with Tom Davoren conducting.

Some 600 people packed into the recently-renovated church to hear the concert from the band, who last week took third spot in the National Brass Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall.

The night started with a special Fanfare for St Nick’s (22 Angels) written by composer Tim Watts, of Downham, which took inspiration from the 22 wooden angels carved in the roof of the chapel, many of whom are carrying musical instruments.