BELLRINGERS at Holy Trinity Church in Skipton joined colleagues at churches and cathedrals around the country to ring in sympathy, following the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

It followed a request from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, and Prime Minister Theresa May, for bells to be tolled for seven minutes at 7pm on Maundy Thursday, three days after the fire.

The initiative was suggested by the British Ambassador to France, Edward Llewellyn, following a similar show of support in cathedrals across France.

More than 800 churches and cathedrals took part in the show of support for the devastation of this iconic French cathedral.

Bellringing is used in the UK to mark significant national historical events and special occasions.

Richard Wheelhouse, tower captain at Holy Trinity, said: “Skipton bellringers were honoured and moved to take part in this show of solidarity for the loss suffered by Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.’