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An interview with a long-distance member

Allen Turner met George Riseborough (known to many FSG members as 'Norfolk George') when he was down in our area recently. Allen conducted a brief interview with George. Here it is:

(Photo: Allen Turner)

Allen: Where did you learn to ring church bells?

George: In 1979 I began to ring at All Saints' Church, Catfield. I was born in this village, christened in its church and lived there for a while. I continued to practise at St Mary's Church, Happisburgh, where I rang my first quarter peal, aged 50. My first peal was rung shortly afterwards at SS Peter & Paul, Knapton, and I have rung six peals in total.

Allen: At 80 years old, are you still enjoying ringing as much, and do you feel capable of carrying on for a while?

George: I do enjoy it very much, and as long as God spares me I will carry on while physically able.

Allen: When did you first come into contact with the FSG?

George: In 1994, when I found the Camping & Caravan Club site at Dorn. I have used this site each July since. My wife Ivy always accompanied me up to her death in May 2010 (see FSG Newsletter 128). We were in Bourton-on-the-Water one Saturday night when the bells started ringing. When they stopped after a short spell, I went to see if I could have a pull and was made very welcome. I've rung with the Guild when I've been here ever since.

Allen: Do you enjoy ringing around the FSG area?

George: Very much so, as bell ringing is my sole hobby; and I enjoy seeing all my friends, who make me very welcome.