Charlie Smith
in red shirt

At the end of the day on Monday 11th April, the foundry closed early so that we could honour one of our own, handbell fitter Charlie Smith, on the occasion of his having reached 30 years at Whitechapel. It was a gloriously sunny day, and the presentation of the gold watch by WBF managing director Alan Hughes was held in the Whitechapel Bell Foundry yard.

The WBF workforce

Charlie Smith joined the foundry on 1st April 1975, a time when Jim Callaghan was Prime Minister and the Bay City Rollers were riding high in the music charts. In the years since then, Charlie has worked on literally thousands of bells and there can't be a corner of the globe where handbells are rung where they aren't ringing bells he assembled.

The arduous task of
drinking beer begins

Here's to you, Charlie, and to many more years of your skills being used to help create the world's finest handbells.

The view from above

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Ringing at the Royal Northern
100 Years of the Hughes Family at WBF
Lord Mayor Opens WBF Shop Extension
Report on Ringing Roadshow, 2003
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New York: The 9-11 Bell Dedication
The 1881 Libel Case
Casting the 9-11 Bell
Another Liberty Bell
A Big Wheel
Open Day 2001 (with photos)
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