Don McLean started to learn to ring in 1966 in St Nicolas Carrickfergus aged 10yrs (8bells tenor 13cwt). He was lucky to learn in a tower with enough older change ringers to let him advance. He got 3 friends to join him and was made tower Ringing Master (RM) in about 1970 by older guys and did that until 1985 when he moved to live in Belfast. There he joined Drumbo. Don was District RM for 2 separate 3yr terms. Then in 1993 he became Association RM for the 5yr max term. Don was the Association President for 5yrs after that. He left ringing for about 5 yrs and returned about 5 yrs ago. He became CCCBR rep 3 yrs ago and is on his second term now. On returning to ringing Don discovered ART (Association of Ringing Teachers). He got ART accredited and is currently the ART Development Officer for Northern Ireland. He has been elected for a third time as the Northern District ringing Master. Before COVID, Don had been ringing some 5 evenings a week teaching etc.
This entry was written in December 2020.
Kilmood Church, Killinchy, Newtownards, Northern Ireland For Don McLean over in Ireland, one of the joys of bell ringing is teaching others and delighting in their achievements. In this charming episode, Cathy Booth, podcast host, shines a light on Don’s motivation and his own considerable achievemen...