I was lucky enough to be invited on a Peal tour of Suffolk by the Lancashire Association.
My first stop on the 8th May was S Gregory in Sudbury, a 16cwt 8 in the note of E. I arrived with an hour to spare and so had a walk around the lovely town.
The bells were due to be re-hung the following week, so this would be the last peal on the bells before the re-hanging. Unfortunately we didn't make the Peal, but as we often say: 'if they were easy to get, they wouldn't be worth getting!'
After the peal attempt we went to discuss the loss at a nearby pub and socialise with some of the ringers that I had never met before. I then went off to find my hotel for the evening and to try and find an evening meal. About a mile down the road I found an Indian and so took a leisurely stroll in the late evening springtime sun.
It was the Lancashire 39th peal tour, and it has been running for 40 years, with only a couple of years been missed due to the recent Covid pandemic.
That was was me done, the rest of the Peal tour ringers were stopping on to the Friday, but I had to leave due to work and family commitments, so I made my way around the winding country Suffolk roads to the A14, and then eventually on to the M6 to get home.
Hopefully my ringing was good enough to get an invite next year!