Church bells are set to ring out across Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter for the first time after a successful fund raising campaign hit the right notes.
St Paul's Church in St Paul's Square has raised £100,000 to bring bells to the church more than 200 years after it was built in 1779.
The Grade-1 listed church has never called its congregation to worship with bells - despite a steeple being built to accommodate them in
1832. Last November, the vicar of St Paul's, the Rev Tom Pyke, made it his mission to "bring a voice to the Jewellery Quarter" by launching an appeal to raise cash for the bells.
The six-figure target was reached in just six months, thanks to contributions from worshippers and corporate sponsors, and as a result, ten bells will be installed in the church in October.
The campaign was kick-started by St Paul's Square property developer Chord and its partner, the Royal Bank of Scotland, who contributed £20,000 for the largest bell.
The aptly named Chord bell, weighing in at a hefty 12cwt and 3ft 5inches in diameter, will be the first to be cast by Loughborough-based John Taylor Bellfounders, which has been making bells since the14th century and is now the largest bell foundry in the world.
The bell will be made of bronze, an alloy of copper and tin.
Rev Pyke has worked with the St Martin's Guild of Bell Ringers to bring the project to fruition. The Guild, which is responsible for bell ringing across the Birmingham diocese, celebrates its 250th anniversary this year.
St Paul's Church is seeking a further £15,000 in sponsorship to set up an academy to train novice bellringers, particularly young people.