Listen to the bells of St. Andrew’s ring out in Destin

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM.

“It blew out the surge protector and burned wire from the speakers to the computer,” Fred Fenn, member of the church, told The Log.

Now, the bells are back, with a new amplifier, and ring every hour on the hour from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and also on the half hour.

Eight to ten minutes of hymns are played at noon and also on special occasions. Hymns are selected based on the church calendar, with Easter hymns, Christmas hymns, etc.

“We play Christmas music during the Christmas parade and also have patriotic music playing on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and 9-11,” Fenn said. “On New Year’s, at one second after midnight, the bells begin to ring welcoming the New Year.”

The original bell was installed in the church bell tower in the early ’50s, soon after the tower was built. A placard on the bell states it is a memorial to Mrs. William H. Davison, who died Sept. 25, 1891.

However, that bell, weighing between 200 and 300 pounds, was removed from the bell tower (the steeple) in the fall of 2007.

“We had to remove it because the iron yoke that it was mounted on had gotten to a point that it had rusted away over the years from being subjected to the salty air which prevails in our community,” Fred Fenn, church member, told The Log.  “To remove the bell, my son Brad and I devised a series of ropes and pulleys which we attached to the top of the bell and lowered it down through the inside of the bell tower. It was then transported to the flower bed in front of the church where it was sanded, primed and painted to protect it from the elements. The clapper was removed and stored.”

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