York & North Yorkshire

York Minster bells to ring at Easter amid row

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Media captionThe bells have only been rung three times, including the service of Nine Lessons and Carols, since October.

The bells of York Minster will be rung on Easter Sunday, the cathedral has confirmed.

It told the BBC a number of volunteers had offered their services to mark one of the most important days in the Christian calendar.

The Minster Chapter dismissed its 30-strong team of bell-ringers in October, due to "safeguarding issues".

It is currently recruiting for a new paid head of Bell Tower to recruit and train a new team of volunteers.

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Members of the dismissed team will be able to apply to join a new team, the cathedral authorities have said.

Since the sackings the bells have remained silent on all but three occasions, according to a spokeswoman for the Minster.

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