Bell ringing in Spain is pretty rare compared to England, but in Albaida in the Valencia Region, there is a long history of Bell Ringing, going back hundreds of years. We were very lucky to visit Albaida recently with the intention of finding out what days their local bell ringing group performed, we visited their tourist information office who told us the Bell ringers were about to perform in the church tower behind their office that very minute and to hurry across to the Bell Tower of the Church.
We climbed the narrow staircase up to the top of the tower, which luckily was not a huge tower, and discovered the bell ringers, wearing their official t shirts and red waistbands, plus a team of 2 who were there to record a special programme for television. We thoroughly enjoyed a special programme of their bell ringing which was very different to English bell ringers, in the UK the bell ringers are at the bottom of the tower, but here in Albaida, they are at the top of the tower to push and pull the bells as well as pulling on the ropes. I have some video to add, but need a stronger internet connection than the one I have in Spain, so once back in the UK I shall add more media. The Bellringers were most welcoming and very interested to hear about English Bell ringers, luckily we have a friend who rings the bells at a local church, so we could talk with a little bit of knowledge, albeit second hand !