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St John's Church bells celebrate 40th anniversary

The bells at St John's Church were installed on 16 November 1979 in front of watching crowds Credit: ITV Channel TV

Celebrations have been taking place in Jersey to mark the 40th anniversary of a set of church bells.

The bells at St John's Church were installed on 16 November 1979 in front of watching crowds and have been ringing for Sunday services, weddings and christenings ever since.

Judy was one of the first to ring the bells four decades ago and still rings them to this day

Judy Collins was one of the first to ring the new bells back in 1979. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Not a lot has changed, except we've learned to get a lot better. In some cases as well, we've had some people who've come to live in the island who are already experienced ringers and that's helped tremendously.

– Judy Collins, bellringer at St John's Church

The church tower remains one of only two on the island capable of change ringing, along with St Mark's Church in St Helier.

Islanders were invited to join in the celebrations and even try their hand at bell-ringing to mark the anniversary.

  • WATCH: Katie Chiang meets the bell ringers at St John's Church.