Summer fayre aims to get the bells at cathedral ringing

TAKE AIM Nela Zinken hooks a duck at St John's Catholic Cathedral. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (122105-181)
TAKE AIM Nela Zinken hooks a duck at St John's Catholic Cathedral. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (122105-181)
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THE bells of St John’s Cathedral in Portsmouth haven’t rung for more than 40 years.

But now in a bid to get them working again members of the congregation held a summer fayre so money could be raised towards the project.

IN BLOOM Husband and wife team William and Sylvia Bisset. (122105-271)

IN BLOOM Husband and wife team William and Sylvia Bisset. (122105-271)

Families were treated to a bouncy castle and 20 stalls selling bric-a-brac and homemade cakes during Saturday’s event, which was held in the grounds of the Catholic cathedral in Edinburgh Road, Landport.

There were fun games, a raffle with prizes and face painting for kids.

The cathedral’s 10 bells were installed when the building was erected in the 1880s.

It is not known how much money is needed for the restoration.

Canon David Hopgood, 56, who has been the priest of the cathedral for 14 years, said: ‘Though I’m unsure as to exactly when the bells stopped working, I would say it was more than 40 years ago.

‘The fayre was brilliant. It was more about bringing the community together than making money.

‘We hope to continue putting on events such as this.’

Money was also collected for Sue Ryder Care, a national charity which cares for people with life-threatening illnesses.

It is estimated that more than £2,000 was raised for both causes.

Amy Conway, 39, of Southsea, enjoyed the day with her daughter Tianna, four.

‘We came along last year and we had a great time so we thought about coming again,’ she said.

‘Tianna really enjoyed herself.

‘It was a lovely community event that reminds me of an old-fashioned fayre.’