St Michael and All Angels Church at Swanmore, Ryde, made history for ringing on the Isle of Wight on Saturday and kicked off celebrations for the historical 70th wedding anniversary of HM The Queen and HRH Prince Philip this coming Monday.

It should be noted that no monarch in British history has achieved this milestone.

For the first time ever at this tower a quarter peal on five bells was rung on the simulator, all those ringing recording a first at doing so.

Details are recorded as follows for publication in The Ringing World:

Saturday, 18 November 2017 in 38 mins (Sim)
1260 Doubles (6m/p)
60 Stedman, 240 each of St Martins, St Simon’s, Reverse Canterbury, Plain Bob and Grandsire
1 Tristan Allen
2 Margaret Downer
3 Barry Downer
4 John R Stock
5 Kieran Downer (C)
Rung to celebrate the 70th Wedding anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip.
First Doubles ever rung in the tower
First on a dumbbell – 3, 5
First on a simulator for all.
Swanmore and its ringers are to be congratulated and should be proud of this milestone achievement.

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