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Friends set to cycle between two towers
5:00pm Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
AN Evesham man who remembers the sounds of the Bell Tower chiming on the day of his daughter’s wedding is doing his bit to raise money for the iconic building.
John Webster, of Rowan Close, Evesham, will be joining his friend Malcolm Benning, of Hinton-on-the- Green, and cycling more than 200 miles to help the Journal campaign to repair the 16th century tower.
The Evesham Abbey Bell Tower Appeal must raise £500,000 for essential works and to ensure the future of the famous building.
The two men are hoping to be able to raise about £5,000 towards the campaign.
Mr Webster, aged 62, said: “We will be cycling from Evesham Bell Tower, leaving to the sounds of the bells on Monday, September 16, at 9am.”
The pair will then cycle for three days to Beccles Bell Tower, a free-standing grade I listed building in Suffolk.
He added: “I have been a church member for many years at All Saints and the Bell Tower is part of the church.
“When my daughter got married at All Saints the bells were rung and those are the reasons I am keen to keep the tower.
“About three or four months ago I became part of the Friends of the Bell Tower and after my first meeting it struck me what a good idea it would be to actually ride from one bell tower to another as I am a keen cyclist.
“I hope we can raise £5,000.
Whatever we raise is great, but the more the better.”
Anyone wishing to sponsor Mr Webster and Mr Benning should e-mail info@eve shambell tower.org.uk
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