7th July 2018
On a baking hot day in London the Tykes set out to defend the title they won in 2017. With just one new member of the team the band was little changed from last year and decided to ring Plain Bob Triples once again.
The elimiator was at St Olave, Hart Street, and despite a good start to the ringing a little hiccup part way through threatened to cost them a place in the final. However they recovered well and completed the piece. Onwards to Cornhill and St Magnus-the-Martyr to do some 12 bell ringing. Whilst at St Magnus-the-Martyr news filtered through that the Tykes had made the final six teams and would need to ring again in the afternoon.
A quick decision was made to visit Rotherhithe, on the other side of the river Thames, to have another practice on 8 bells. So we rushed over to the DLR, then the tube, then a trek in very hot sun to the tower. Very few other ringers had made it to this tower so the team managed another practice together and felt more confident about their ringing.
Then back to Garlickhythe for the final. Here the practice piece and test piece went well with no signifcant trips or method mistakes, the team emerged from the tower pleased with their efforts. We then headed to St Mary-le-Bow for some more 12 bell ringing before waiting to receive the results. We were also pleased to hear that England had beaten Sweden to reach the World Cup Semi Final....!
In a packed church all the other teams from the morning heats received their medals and scores. Then the results for the final six teams were read in reverse order. We were awarded a B+ grade, the same as Bedfordshire, and finished in joint third place. Oxford were second with an A- and the winners were Sussex, who had rung called changes, with an A.
This was an excellent result finishing 3rd out of 22 teams. Many thanks to all the team, reserves, and supporters for the work put in throughout the year. We look forward to next year when the contest will be in Liverpool on 6th July 2019.