Rugby bell-ringer helped mark birth of Princess Charlotte at Westminster Abbey

Rugby's Clarke Walters (centre) with fellow bellringers Chris and Alan
Rugby's Clarke Walters (centre) with fellow bellringers Chris and Alan

A Rugby man was one of the principal bell-ringers at Westminster Abbey to mark the birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Clarke Walters rang in a full peal of 5,000 changes of Cambridge Surprise Royal on Monday May 4.

The peal took three hours 16 minutes and the start was timed to coincide with the gun salutes in Hyde Park and at the Tower of London at 2pm.

Clarke also rang similar peals at the Abbey for the birth of Prince William in 1982, for the wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton, and again for the birth of Prince George two years ago.

Clarke has been involved at the Abbey since 1979, and is one of the ten principal members.

There are 10 bells, the heaviest weighing 1500kg.

Clarke is pictured above (centre) with Chris Rogers and Alan Frost.