Canterbury bell rings out for pandemic victims and health workers It was the Anglican clergyman and poet John Donne whowrote: Every man’s death diminishes meFor I am involved in mankind.Therefore, send not to knowFor whom the bell tolls,It tolls for thee. Now the bell at Canterbury Cathedral – mother church of theAnglican Communion - is tolling each day to remember theglobal victims of the coronavirus pandemic and the healthstaff who care for them. The cathedral decided to toll thebell as a sign of solidarity with people around the world andan expression of the hope that the global community can getthrough this time together. Tolling the bell known as Harry, the cathedral’s oldest bell,began on Maundy Thursday, 9 April, and has been rung fortwo minutes every day since at 8pm British Summer Time.The daily toll will continue until the threat from the virusrecedes. It is the first time in its history that the bell has been rungdaily in this way. In order to abide by lockdown restrictionsin the UK it is not being run by a bell ringer but a timer hasbeen set up to automatically toll it at the same time eachevening. Harry sits in the central tower, known as the Bell HarryTower, of the cathedral and was cast in 1635 by the JosephHatch bell foundry in Ulcombe, Kent. It replaced theoriginal 14th century bell named after its donor, Prince Henryof Eastry. The dean of Canterbury, Robert Willis, said: “Communities around the world have embraced the idea ofclapping hands to thank publicly healthcare staff and otherfrontline workers at this time. We all know that their vitalwork is undertaken at great personal risk to themselves. Thebell of Canterbury Cathedral will lend its voice to thisdisplay of gratitude and also mark a moment to pause andremember those who have died.” The cathedral team has encouraged people who live withinearshot of the bell to record it tolling and share it with others by posting the sound online.As well as commemorating those affected by the pandemic,it will also act as a reminder of the 1,400 year old buildingto people who are unable to visit at the moment, either asworshippers or tourists. The cathedral was due to host eventsduring the 2020 Lambeth Conference but this has beenrescheduled until 2021. Several events had also been arranged for this summer tomark the 850 th anniversary of the murder of St ThomasBecket in the cathedral and the 800 th anniversary of thetransfer of his relics from the cathedral crypt to his shrine.The shrine attracted thousands of pilgrims and were theinspiration for Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, writtenin 1387. It was eventually destroyed on the orders of HenryVIII in 1538 during the Reformation. In recent times its sitestill drew pilgrims and was marked by a burning candlewhile depressions could be seen in the stone paving made bythe knees of pilgrims through the ages. Allowing plannedevents to go ahead depend on the British government’s lockdown arrangements.