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Bride-to-be’s mission to hear the bells of St Luke’s ring out on her wedding day

Fundraising walk from York Minster to St Lukes church in Sharlston to raise money to help restore the bells at St Luke's church.
L to R) Alexandra Devey, Wendy Taylor, Vicky Armstrong (fundraiser), Louise Tomlinson (fundraiser), Mark Tomlinson (fundraiser), Elsa Masefield, Ursula Hartly.
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Fundraising walk from York Minster to St Lukes church in Sharlston to raise money to help restore the bells at St Luke's church. L to R) Alexandra Devey, Wendy Taylor, Vicky Armstrong (fundraiser), Louise Tomlinson (fundraiser), Mark Tomlinson (fundraiser), Elsa Masefield, Ursula Hartly. w320a430

Bride-to-be Vicky Armstrong is tackling a 30-mile trek to raise cash to buy new church bells so they will ring out on her wedding day.

Vicky, 27, and her fiance Danny Naylor, 28, are getting married at St Luke’s Church in Sharlston in September next year and want the bells – which have been out of action for three years – to ring on their big day.

To raise the £4,500 needed to replace the bells with electronic ones, Vicky, her uncle Mark Tomlinson, cousin Louise Tomlinson and friends Julie Gill and Enid Tate will set off on their marathon trek from York Minster back to St Luke’s Church on Saturday.

Vicky, of Streethouse, said: “It has always been my dream to get married in St Luke’s Church and it would be lovely to have the bells ringing on my wedding day.

“It’s really important to me and I think it’s something we should be able to have.

“As soon as I heard my uncle was doing this walk to raise the money for the church bells I thought it was definitely something I should get involved with.”

Mr Tomlinson, 52, initially organised the walk after seeing others trying to raise money to restore the church bells for the community.

He said: “Restoring the church bells is extremely important to our village.

“A church isn’t a church without bells.

“I got married in that church and I have a lot of memories there and I hope new bells will bring more people in.

“We’d all like to thank the people of Sharlston for getting behind us.

“We will do what ever it takes to get these bells up and running in time for Christmas.”

So far the group has raised £2,000 and also received a £1,000 donation from local business man John Lingard.

Any extra money raised will go towards the upkeep of the bells.

To donate contact the church secretary, Ursula Hartley, on 01924 865023.

 

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