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Public asked to come up with names for Wells' new bell-ringing swans

The new swans still need to be named. Photo: Keith Nichols

The Bishop's Palace in Wells is holding a public competition to name its new bell-ringing swans.

The birds arrived at the Palace last week having been re-homed by the charity Swan Rescue South Wales.

They were blessed by the Bishop of Taunton, before being released into the Moat.

Cygnets learning to ring the bell for food. Credit: ITV News West Country

The quirky tradition began in the 1870s when the original swans were trained to ring a bell in the moat's gatehouse when they wanted to be fed.

One of the Palace's previous swans, Bryn, passed away in April 2018 and his partner Wynn flew off in search of a new swan community.

Palace staff were keen to find a new pair, in order to keep up the centuries-old tradition of bell-ringing swans on the moat.

They have already begun their training in how to ring the bell for food.

The Palace is now inviting the public to send in their suggestions for swan names via their social media accounts or by email.

The winning names will be announced on Tuesday 21st May.