Christmases have a habit of following a fairly regular pattern with the Nelson Handbell Ringers and in common with other groups and individuals we say, ‘This year it will be different’. Well we had the usual last minute requests to play – because people think about bells at Christmas time. We played for the elderly, we played for the young. We said, ‘Let’s leave that piece out for the time being and practise it up for next year.’ And so it went on.
But one thing made this year really different. We were asked to play on Radio Derby on Christmas Eve. We assembled at 7 am and there we were – live on air with our rendition of ‘Joy to the World’. So we reached out to more than our usual local groups this year and to top it all we had bacon butties together for breakfast.
Maybe next year will be different, but it won’t be better. And in the meantime we are adding to our varied repertoire for the rest of the year.