Letter: Wrong bells Ding-a-ling

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Your article "10,000 bell ringers short of a full millennium peal" (21 July), while interesting, does not meet the problem of bell ringers as we approach the millennium.

It would be far better if you could persuade some hundreds of thousands of pedal cyclists (including a fair share in Cheltenham) to fit a bell to the handlebars on 31 December 1999 and, while speeding along the pavement, ring it each time they are about to overtake an unsuspecting pedestrian. Even better, persuade them to fit lights to their machines. Then they could celebrate our entry into the year 2000 with "son et lumiere".

John Sheeran

Leckhampton, Gloucestershire