Cornish bell-ringer Viv Williams' 80 years of service

image captionMr Williams rang the cathedral's bells for the Queen's coronation in February 1952

A Cornishman who has been ringing the bells at Truro Cathedral since 1933 has received a long-service award.

Viv Williams, 85, who now lives in Leeds, was presented with a special certificate at a service to rededicate Truro Cathedral's new bells.

His bell-ringing highlights include the coronation of King George VI, the Queen's coronation and the Queen Mother's 100th birthday.

Mr Williams described bell-ringing as "the major obsession" of his life.

He learned to ring as a child of seven in his home town of Redruth and, over the past 80 years, has rung bells at churches throughout the UK.

"From Edinburgh in the north to Sennen in the far south west," he said.

His only regret is that he is no longer fit enough to ring.

"I wish I had the health to still ring... but I haven't got the strength any more."

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