Rugby clock tower bell to chime again after decades of silence

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Rugby’s clock tower bell will ring for the first time since the Second World War today (Tuesday).

It is due to ring out in the town centre once again on St George’s Day at 11am, celebrating Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

Rugby Mayor Kathryn Lawrence said: “It will chime on the hour and half hour between the hours of 7am and 11pm. The clock tower was built in 1887 and was paid for by public subscription to honour Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee and stands as a fitting memorial to the reigns of two of the longest serving monarchs in recent history.

“The clock tower has served as as a landmark, meeting place and monument to history. It served as a centrepiece for a thanksgiving service for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee 1897, King Edward the VII’s visit to Rugby in 1909, the Silver Jubilee celebrations of King George V in 1935, was the centre of Rugby’s official celebrations at the end of the Second World War and was decorated with a strikingly modern design for the Coronation of our present Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.”

The clock is now digitally operated device.