Another old dark green lorry, this one bearing the number 5304. Rather than a solid cab it has a canvas shade over the driver's position. It has four church bells on the flat bed behind the cab. The straps holding down the bells are decorated with poppies, and the bells also have some poppies painted on them.

Bells on their way to St George’s, Ypres

I’ve written a couple of posts about the ring of bells destined for St George’s Memorial Church Ypres (see original post and update). The bells were cast a few weeks ago, and formed one of the main attractions at the open day held by the Loughborough Bell Foundry, as shown in this tweet:

Today the bells left the foundry on the first stages of their journey to Ypres. Initially they went only as far as Queen’s Park, where they were displayed in front of the Loughborough Carillon. The carillon forms a war memorial to the men of Loughborough killed in the First World War. This included three sons of the Taylor family who owned the bell foundry. From there the bells are heading to the Great Dorset Steam Fair held over the Bank Holiday weekend. After that they will make their way to Ypres for hanging, being welcomed into the church on 31 August. The official opening will be on 22 October 2017. Details on the church’s website. One of the nice things about last Wednsday’s peal for George Honeyball was finally meeting Alan Regin, one of the trustees of this ptoject.

Why travelling via the steam fair, well they’ll be travelling on two 1915 army lorries, one a Dennis, the other a Thornycroft. Admittedly some of the time the lorries themselves will be travelling on a modern low loader, but as these photos kindly provided by Simon Westman of the bell foundry, they made an impressive sight at the foundry and in Queen’s Park this morning:

Some more photos here on the Facebook page “Old Glory Magazine”. Also another Facebook post with more photos, and also some video of the lorries moving around Queen’s Park and More video from the Loughborough Echo.

Photos of the bells’ future home, St George’s Memorial Church, and the arrival of the bells in Ieper can be found on the Keltek Trust’s Flickr album Bells for Ypres. The album also includes photos of the bells while they were at the Great Dorset Steam Fair and at the Foundry.

Hopefully this Facebook post is public. It contains photos of the bells’ journey around the Ypres and also video of the set of handbells that are also part of the project being rung at various locations, including as part of the service for the dedication of the bells. Details of the ringing can be found on BellBoard

The arrival of the bells also made the local press in Belgium, Klokken van ‘t Engels kerkje gezegend and Klokken zijn thuis in ‘t Engels kerkje, as well as local television, Britse Kerkklokken in Ieper (this includes an interview with the chapalin of St George’s, in English).

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