Bells will ring across Ribble Valley to mark Queen’s 90th birthday

HM The Queen
HM The Queen

Church bells will ring out across the Ribble Valley from as many as seven locations to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday later this month.

In anticipation for this, a visiting band of bell ringers will ring a full peal of over 5000 changes at St Mary and All Saints Parish Church, Whalley, on Saturday, April 9th, from 3pm until around 6pm.

To celebrate the birthday of the longest reigning British Monarch, a feat she achieved in September last year when she surpassed Queen Victoria, ringers from across the Ribble Valley will come together on Thursday, April 21st, the Queen’s actual birthday, and ring before the 10am service at Whalley. They will then move to St Magdalene’s, Clitheroe and on to St Helen’s, Waddington.

The ringing will then continue after lunch, starting with Slaidburn and then Bolton by Bowland, before moving on to Gisburn and finally coming to an end at St Mary le Ghyll, Barnoldswick.

The celebrations are set to be rounded off with supper at a nearby location.