1st July 2017
Yes they did it....successfully overcame 18 other teams to win the Ringing World National Youth Contest held in Birmingham on Saturday 1st July...!!
The morning eliminator heat was at Shirley where they were the only method ringing team. Our team rang a touch of Plain Bob Triples conducted by Alex Riley. The results were announced as the team were ringing at Aston and there was great excitement as we realised they had reached the final six.
The final six teams met at St Paul's (Jewellery Quarter) to ring their test pieces again. Then it was onto St Martin's for a quick ring on the 16 bells there before awaiting the full results.
The tension mounted as everyone realised that only two teams remained. The Yorkshire Tykes and The Three Spires (a team from Lichfield & Walsall Guild). It was then announced that The Three Spires had scored an A- and the Tykes had scored an A and therefore won the Whitechapel Trophy.
Loud cheering greated the announcement and the team went up to collect their gold medals and the trophy. Following an official photo for the Ringing World and accidently dropping the trophy...the celebrations began.
The team was: Charlotte Mitchell (York), Zoe Bennett (Oxenhope), Rebecca Kirby (Lightcliffe), Simon Crow (Knottingley), Alex Riley (Selby), James Town (Northallerton), Ewan Hull (York) and Luke Riley (Selby).
Congratulations to the whole team, including the reserves. And many thanks to all the parents for supporting the team throughout the year and over the contest weekend. They deserve medals too...!