Barrow's St James' Church bells to ring again

Bell Image copyright Andrew Pollock/Barrow Bells
Image caption The eight bells are badly corroded

Badly rusted bells at a Cumbrian church are to ring out again after being silent for more than a decade.

The eight bells at St James' Church in Barrow were declared unsafe after being damaged by rain in their leaking tower.

But now thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant, the 136-year-old bells will be taken down and mended and the tower repaired.

The HLF has donated £74,400 to the project and local people have raised £79,000.

The bells will be cleaned of debris and corrosion and retuned at the Whitechapel Foundry in east London.

The Rev John Hodgkinson of St James' said: "When we found water pouring into the tower and more rotten floors than expected, we had a real setback but the HLF grant has let us deal with it all at the same time.

"We look forward to hearing the bells ring for Christmas."

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