Rhys a ringer for the role

Rhys Greenhalgh of Rivervale with some of his English Change Ringing Hand Bells.  Rhys took up bell rining at the age of 12, is 49 now, and will perform at the Bell Tower and on a mobile belfrey at an event in June.
Rhys Greenhalgh of Rivervale with some of his English Change Ringing Hand Bells. Rhys took up bell rining at the age of 12, is 49 now, and will perform at the Bell Tower and on a mobile belfrey at an event in June.

Mr Greenhalgh, of Rivervale, began to literally learn the ropes in February 1977 ” a skill that has taken him all over the world to ring handbells and tower bells.

‘When I started ringing, the only bells in Perth in English Change Ringing (a style of bell ringing) were the ones in St George’s Cathedral in Perth,’ Mr Greenhalgh said.

‘A few more towers around Perth opened and Laith Reynolds was responsible for keeping the art alive in Perth and expanding it to more churches and towers in Perth.

‘He was instrumental in bringing the bells now in the Bell Tower to Perth.’

The Bell Tower houses the state’s biggest bell, Zachariah, that weighs a hefty 1.5 tonnes.

Mr Greenhalgh has rung the bell and says it can be a very physical, if not a gruelling experience.

‘A peal goes for three hours non-stop, a quarter peal is a quarter of that time,’ he said.

‘A good sense of rhythm is important, and stamina.’

Mr Greenhalgh is among 150 bell ringers to attend the ANZAB Ringing Festival in Perth.

The festival includes some performances open to the public.