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

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

 In December 2007, the Fenn family donated a carillon to the church. Fenn and his son installed the instrument, a set of bells played using a keyboard or an automatic mechanism.

“The bells and music are all programmed through a computer and everything is electronic — no more cast iron bells,” Fenn said. “The carillon was given in memory of my in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Murray Hetherwick.”

Fenn’s wife, Carol, grew up in Lafayette, La., and close to her home was St. John’s Cathedral, which had a carillon with real bells. 

“The bells were the neighborhood clock,” Fenn said. “For example, when the bells rang a certain number of times in the evening, it was time for the children to come in for dinner.  Carol’s mother and father often commented on how much they loved the bells of St. John’s and for that reason we gave the carillon to the church.”

Fenn hopes that the St. Andrew’s carillon will be heard by those living and working in the Destin harbor area, and “it would become a positive part of their lives as it was to my in-laws and the neighborhood around St. John’s in Lafayette.”

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