LEDBURY'S new Remembrance Bell, in the church tower, rang out 128 times just after the two minutes silence on Wednesday, on Armistice Day.

They was one chime for each of those people of Ledbury who gave their lives in the First World War and the Second World War.

Tower captain, Tim Keyes said: "It was the first time that this bell was heard in public.

"It was also exactly two years since we launched the Bell to Remember appeal in Ledbury which led to the raising of the £10,000 needed to fund this bell."

There are new bells in the tower, while others have been restored. The total cost of the project is £300,000, and the majority of the money has now been raised.

One of the bells will be engraved in memory of those who lost their lives to Covid and to front-line workers who battled to overcome the pandemic for us all.

Mr Keyes hoped that those who hear the Remembrance Bell found it to be "a moving experience".

Both Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day were unusual occasions in Ledbury, because of the Covid lockdown and the need for social distancing.

But the staggered laying a wreaths took place at the town's newly-restored War Memorial, in the High Street.

Remembrance Sunday usually attracts large crowds to the High Street, by 11am.

This year, there was a small, socially-distanced gathering while representatives of Ledbury Council and Herefordshire Council lay wreaths.