When you hear the bells ringing at St Wulfram’s Church on Wednesday morning, think of the Mallard steam locomotive.
At 11am, 11 bell-ringers will mark the 75th anniversary of the Mallard’s world speed record by ringing three quarter peals, each lasting 50-55 minutes and consisting of 1,344 changes. In total, 4,032 changes will be rung during the course of the day.
From St Wulfram’s Church, the bell-ringers will go on to St John’s the Baptist Church in Peterborough at 2.30pm and then Doncaster Minster at 5.30pm.
Bell-ringer Chris Woodcock, from Potterhanworth near Lincoln, is organising the event. He said: “We are going to attempt to ring a method called Mallard Surprise Major for all three quarter peals. The method was first rung and named in 2011 at Sproxton in Leicestershire to mark the 73rd anniversary of Mallard’s world speed record.”
Mr Woodcock said it would be “long and heavy day for all”, particularly for him as he will ring the tenor bells to all three quarter peals. The heaviest bell, the one at Grantham weighs just over 1.5 tonnes. The weights at Peterborough and Doncaster are similar.