*** DEBUG END ***

Photos: Bailey Day

27 October 2011

by Ed Beavan

“Bailey Day”: bell-ringers in Suffolk paid tribute to a band of bell-ringing brothers on Saturday.

Ringers from the Suffolk Guild of Ringers replicated the full peal carried out by eight brothers, aged between 15 and 36, from the Bailey family in October 1911 (below), to mark the 100th anniversary of their achieve­ment. Using the same bells at St Margaret’s, Leiston, the modern-day group, which features ringers aged between 17 and 76, but no brothers, completed the peal of 5024 changes in two hours, 51 minutes.

Richard Munnings, who con­ducted the peal, said that there were in fact 11 brothers in total who used to ring the bells at Leiston, and they have gone down in Suffolk bell-ringing his­tory.

“It was a unique achievement and it’s never been done again by a band of brothers, and it will be difficult to do again.

“We had a number of events going on, and dubbed the event ‘Bailey Day’. It was a demanding peal as the bells are fairly big, but it was exactly the same com­position as 100 years ago, and the same sound people would have heard in 1911.”

One of the ringers, Adrian Knights, aged 64, was taught to ring by Ernest Bailey.

As part of the celebrations, quarter-peals also rang out at Southwold, Saxmundham, Theber­­ton and Kelsale.


Browse Church and Charity jobs on the Church Times jobsite

Forthcoming Events

Green Church Awards

Closing date: 30 June 2024

Read more details about the awards


Festival of Preaching

15-17 September 2024

The festival moves to Cambridge along with a sparkling selection of expert speakers

tickets available



Festival of Faith and Literature

28 February - 2 March 2025

The festival programme is soon to be announced sign up to our newsletter to stay informed about all festival news.

Festival website


ViSIt our Events page for upcoming and past events 

Welcome to the Church Times


To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)