Special commemoration for Bulwell man who died in First World War

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A special commemoration of Bulwell men who died in World War One is to take place at St Mary’s Church.

From 12 midday on Monday 4th August, a bell will toll 324 times, once for each name on the war memorial outside the church.

Tower captain Robert Naylor says it would have been fitting to toll the church’s fourth bell because an inscription shows that it was recast in 1920 ‘in glorious memory of Bulwell men who gave up their lives for their country in the Great War’.

“But there are certain technical difficulties with this and so it will be the seventh bell that is to be used,” Robert points out.

The tolls will occur at intervals of approximately ten seconds and the whole event will last for about an hour.

To mark the occasion, Bulwell poet Kath Clarke has written: “In the midst of the hustle and bustle, you may catch the sound of a bell.

“Take a minute to stop and remember the men from Bulwell who fell.”

Also on 4th August, a vigil service will be held at St Mary’s from 7pm until 11pm, which marks the actual time war was declared 100 years ago. Different members of Churches Together in Bulwell will lead half-hour slots.

A Requiem Mass will be held at the church on Sunday 3rd August at 6.30pm.

A book of remembrance will be available for people to express thoughts or comments, or thank those who ‘gave their lives for our safety and security’.