One of The Meridian Ringers [Greenwich, Deptford, and Woolwich] Alan Munden and his wife Liz were married at St. Botolph’s-without-Bishopsgate, in the City of London on 27th October 1973. For some time we have been trying to arrange something to mark their 40th Wedding Anniversary and finally managed to do this on 25th September 2014:
At The Parish Church of St. Botolph-without-Bishopsgate, City of London
A Quarter Peal of 1320 Plain Bob Doubles
In 50 minutes (Tenor 10 ¾ cwt in F#)
Treble Hazel Bing
2 Jim Odell
3 Eddie Coode
4 Graham Long
5 Bill Lanyon (conductor)
Tenor Alan Munden
After the quarter we continued with service ringing for the Thursday lunchtime Said Eucharist with Luigi Vincenti, Brenda Coode and Dan Cocker joining in the ringing. The church had arranged for the service to also include Alan and Liz renewing their wedding vows. This was also the first service at St Botolph’s for Fr Andrew Williams, Priest Missioner.
Mary Moore, daughter of the late Fr Moore who officiated at the wedding in 1973, joined us for the service. We were then shown round the magnificent Parish Room where Alan and Liz had their wedding reception. Graham Long noticed a splendid Yamaha grand piano and duly celebrated the occasion with a rendition of a few bars of Mendelssohn’s Wedding March!
Many thanks to John Adams, the Tower Captain and Mhairi Ellis, the Church Administrator for helping to organise this. We then proceeded for some splendid refreshments nearby at The George, Great Eastern Hotel.
The ringers and guest, Mary Moore after the Said Eucharist Service at St. Botolph’s.
From left to right: Dan Cocker, Jim Odell, Hazel Bing, Bill Lanyon, Liz Munden, Luigi Vincenti, Alan Munden, Mary Moore, Graham Long, Brenda Coode, Eddie Coode