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I’m not ringing any bells for Brexit

Readers' letters | Published:

As a bellringer, I will most certainly not be taking part in any ringing at my church, to “celebrate” Brexit on January 31.

Even if it were something to celebrate, church bells should not be used for political purposes, which clearly they would be in this case.

If bells are used to mark Johnson’s faux victory, they should be rung half-muffled, as is done to mark sad or momentous occasions such as Armistice Day or the passing of a great statesman.

For instance, here in Ludlow in 2014 we did just that to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War. They were not half-muffled in 2018 when we rang to celebrate the end of that war.

There is no cause for celebration at the end of this month, just shame and sadness. White flags should be flown above all town halls instead.

By the way, I would not be ringing the bells half-muffled either.

Peter Sell, Ludlow

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