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A set of 19 handbells, badly damaged in a church fire 18 years ago, are back in use at a church in Workington, after being refurbished.

Handbells return to church after 19 years

The restored church bells Credit: Diocese of Carlisle

In 1995 a fire ripped through St Michael's Parish Church in Workington, destroying almost everything inside- including 19 handbells.

18 years later, the handbells have returned to the church after being fully restored.

The 160 year old bells are being used by young bell ringers in the church after they were restored by bell ringer Gareth Evans.

The bells were severely damaged after the fire Credit: Diocese of Carlisle

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