The Bells of one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in Bootle fell silent earlier this year, after a structural engineers’ report deemed that the tower of St James is not be used above the organ loft, due to erosion in the support structure surrounding the Bells.
The bells, cast in Dublin over one hundred years ago, have been rung ever since, for joyous occasions such as Weddings, Christmas celebrations, to herald in the new Millennium, to celebrate the visit of Pope John Paul II to Liverpool in 1982 and the tall ships races in 1984 and 2008.
They have also sounded on occasions that are more solemn such as the 20th Anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster when the bells rang for each of the 96 people who died in the tragedy.
This beautiful church, which celebrates its 125th Anniversary this year, has recently had a new heating system installed, and is currently having windows replaced with a cost of over £200,000 helping keep parishioners warm during the winter months, and protect the original features of the building, once known as the Cathedral of Bootle.
A restoration fund has set up been established to help finance the work.