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New Year’s Eve
When we ring in in the New Year we tend to ring the bells very slowly as we approach midnight, with sequential standing of all the bells in turn.   That is, we ring all 8 bells, then stand the treble, then stand the 2, then stand the 3 and so on until at midnight the only bell left ringing is the tenor for 12 blows, then the other bells then quickly start again and we then go into very fast joyous rounds to ring in the New Year.   After that we then do things we never normally do, such as, we “fire” the bells which entails all the bells being rung at exactly the same time (not as easy as it sounds especially if you have just had a few drinks!).  We also do “jump” call changes and we sometimes do the hokey-cokey whilst ringing!  Much fun, and a few drinks, is had by all!
Pictures of ringers in Swanage ringing in the New Year, 31st December 2007. (Some are in fancy dress from having been to the pub before).
Pictures of ringers in Swanage ringing in the New Year, 31st December 2008

Ringing in the New Year, 31st December 2009.