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:
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.