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Cycling to save bells that rang for my daughter
2:00pm Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
TWO Vale cyclists have completed a journey of more than 200 miles in support of the Evesham Abbey Bell Tower appeal.
John Webster, of Rowan Close, Evesham, and his friend Malcolm Benning, of Hinton-on-the- Green, departed from Evesham’s Bell Tower on Monday morning to a peal of bells.
The two friends, who were escorted by fellow cyclists Arthur Bennett and Geoff Bradley from cycling club the Evesham Wheelers, were waved off by a group of supporters at 9am on a chilly morning.
They made their way on the three day trip to Beccles, Suffolk, where they headed to its own free-standing grade I listed bell tower.
Before leaving they said they wanted to contribute as much as possible to the Journal’s Bell Tower appeal, which aims to raise a total of £500,000.
Mr Webster said: “For me it is the fact that the bell tower is iconic to Evesham. I am a member of the church but the really personal reason is that when my daughter got married the bells were rung and it’s a nice memory.
“It is so important to keep the tower for future generations.
Whenever people think of Evesham they think of the tower.
“So far we have collected about £1,000 but it would be great if we could raise £5,000.”
Mr Benning added: “I think the same, for me it is the main building in the town and the main attraction for people visiting the town.”
Anyone wishing to sponsor Mr Webster and Mr Benning should e-mail info@eveshambell tower.org.uk.
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