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Christ Church buying new bells from Paccard foundry in France

04/27/2015 10:48 EDT | Updated 07/30/2015 02:59 EDT
This afternoon, a delegation of 13 people from Vancouver's Christ Church Cathedral will gather at the Paccard bell foundry in the Savoie region France, to watch the casting of the largest of the new bells destined for the cathedral.

"There's going to be four bells to ring the Westminster Chime — dun dun dun dun, dun dun dun dun — that sound," Peter Elliot, the dean of the cathedral told The Early Edition's Rick Cluff.

The other three bells have already been cast.

Dean said everyone in France paid their own way to get there, and a lot of research went into choosing the foundry that would cast the bells.

"The Paccard family has been casting bells for seven generations. We chose them for Christ Church because of their tonality. They're very musical — more like a chime almost," said Elliot.

The bells have a life-span of more than 500 years and will be housed in a newly constructed bell tower.

"What most surprised me is how badly we need the bells," said Darlene Poole of the Jack and Darlene Poole foundation, who is also on the excursion.

"To hear the bells toll, it's just a most wonderful thing."

The bells and bell tower are part of a larger renovation project at the cathedral which includes a roof replacement, a seismic upgrade, and doubling the cathedral's kitchen to expand the church's services for the homeless.

The bells are expected to arrive in Vancouver in the late fall.

To hear the full interview with Peter Elliot and Darlene Poole, listen to the audio labelled: Bells for Christ Church Cathedral.

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