A bell that has remained untolled for 50 years will be rung this weekend to remember those who died in the First World War.
The bell from St James’ Church in Stonehaven was sent to specialists in Loughborough for restoration and will be rung on Remembrance Sunday for the first time since returning.
The church will also be opening a special display to commemorate the special anniversary this year. It is the centenary of the World War I armistice on the 11th of November 1918, and to mark the occasion, there is going to be a display of World War prose and poetry and memorabilia in the church. To give everyone a chance to see the display, it will be open from 2:00 pm on Sunday 4th through to 4:00 pm on Saturday 17th. The church will be open during daylight hours every day. Visitors will also be able to see the ‘fall’ of 207 poppies from the pulpit of the church representing the lives from Stonehaven that were sacrificed in the two World Wars.
On Sunday the 11th of November, St James’ will be the host for the Town ‘s Remembrance Day Parade and Service. The parade starts in the Market Square at 10:20 am and the church service will begin at 10:45 am. The preacher will be the new Bishop of Brechin, Rt Revd Andrew Swift. During this service, the bell will be rung whilst the names of the 207 people are read out by members of the town’s Cadet Units.
The church will also be joining in the national event by ringing the bell at 12:30 pm. – a time chosen to help mark the shift in emphasis from Remembrance in the morning to Thanksgiving in the afternoon for the end of war and for peace.