Bong...city university is 100 years old...bong!
THE sound of bells rang out across Bristol as churches across the city celebrated the 100th anniversary of Bristol University.
Bells pealed for about 45 minutes at noon yesterday to mark the centenary of the university's charter being granted by King Edward VII. The royal approval meant the university could grant degrees.
The quarter peal was started yesterday by the university's own Great George bell – the nine-and-a- half-ton bell in the tower of the Wills Memorial Building in Queen's Road.
The bell rang for two minutes before being joined by those in six other churches.
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Bell-ringers took part at Bristol Cathedral, St Mary Magdalene in Stoke Bishop, St Mary Redcliffe, St Matthew's in Kingsdown, St Michael on the Mount Without on St Michael's Hill and St Stephen The Martyr in the city centre.
About 50 campanologists were involved in the celebration, including regular bell-ringers from each of the churches, the president of Bristol University's Society of Change Ringers, the Student Ringing Master and staff and students past and present, as well as some from the University of the West of England.
The event was part of the university's programme of centenary celebrations. People gathered at the new centenary garden next to the Wills Memorial Tower to enjoy the celebrations.
Professor David Clarke, deputy vice chancellor and chairman of the Centenary Celebrations Project Board said: "We hope the ringing of the bells served as a reminder that although the university is now a global player, it remains proud to be part of the city from which it grew."
Dara O'Hare, spokeswoman for Bristol University, said: "It was a great event. We had 50 bell ringers, many of whom came back to Bristol purely for the event. Lots of people gathered in the new centenary garden to hear the bells ringing out – it was a great success."