In terrific weather on September 2, 2023, there was a splendid event to celebrate the installation of the bell. A group of people, many ringing bells of all types, walked from the Man and Boy statue to Breakwater Beach, where the town band gave a terrific performance. Pauline Neal spoke about the meaning of the bell both nationally and locally, and was followed by Marcus, who gave the artist's perspective. Councillor Michael Roseveare accepted the bell on behalf of the town, and Helen Lovell, Area Officer of the Fisherman's Mission, pointed out the meaning of bells to fishermen, and gave it a blessing. And finally, just round the corner at the Shoalstone Pool, there was a performance of the Time and Tide Bell Commission On the Strandline. A terrific day, a finale to five year's work on the part of Pauline, Chris Bryson, and others.
The beautiful day of Tuesday, June 6 2023 saw, at long last, the installation of the bell. It was a triumph for the sustained effort, over five years, of Pauline Neal and her colleagues, and more recently Chris Bryson. It could not have taken place without a great deal of hard work from the Brixham Gig Club, as a glance at the video will make abundantly clear.
Horribly delayed from the proposed installation in July 2020, the bell has finally been delivered to Marcus Vergette's studio from the foundry.
Can it still be installed this year? Watch this space.
The bell will have an entirely new design of structure supporting it - illustrated by Marcus Vergette.
The bell will be located at the rocky, Eastern end of the shingle beach, which itself is just beyond the large breakwater that creates Brixham marina - all a few minutes walk from the centre of Brixham. There is a lively cafe on the beach. There is a brief video on the beach here.