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COLLEGE YOUTHS GATHER
IN WASHINGTON DC
26th - 28th May, 2002
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Washington Memorial at Night. Photo DrL The many visitors to the beautiful city of Washington DC over the weekend of 26-27th May were treated to the sound of bells as they wandered from the Capital Building down the Mall to the Washington Memorial and the White House. They would have heard the College Youths ringing peals on all three days in the very heart of the Capital of the United States of America. Such a beautiful weekend was such a contrast to the atmosphere in that city just eight months earlier when the world was reeling from the events of "9/11". The September ringing arranged as part of
the ASCY Peal Weekend had been cancelled, the planned dinner had to be called off as inter-state air travel was suspended, and even the future of ringing at the Old Post Office Tower looked in doubt for a while. However, completely undeterred, the weekend was subsequently rearranged, and this time, included visiting College Youths from London.

Gwen Rogers arranged the tour from London. For those who had flown over in the week before, an early excursion was taken to Philadelphia where a peal of London was rung on the back six at St Mark’s (having met short for major). Otherwise, three peals were rung on the Bells of Congress at the Old Post Office Tower and one at the awesome National Cathedral on the hill overlooking the city. (A handbell peal was also attempted, but was unfortunately lost.) Twenty members in total took part in peals, and the peal at the Cathedral took place concurrently with a peal at the Old Post Office.

On the social front, Paul Williams co-hosted a dinner with Richard Anderson, both of whom were celebrating a significant birthday. On the Sunday, a dinner was organised by Greg Hinson (Old Post Office Tower Ringing Master) for everyone who had taken part in the weekend. Rick Dirksen addressed the diners by reflecting on the members of the band who rang the first peal in Washington in 1964 and the very close and proud links that Washington has with the ASCY. In reply, Phil Rogers, ASCY Secretary, thanked the Washington ringers for their hospitality and welcome, giving special thanks to Gwen Rogers and Greg Hinson for their organisation. Finally, Greg expressed his appreciation to the London ringers for the support they give to American ringers, and raised a toast to Cecily Rock, America’s newest College Youth.

The weekend was successful in every respect. Much of the ringing was of outstanding quality, the hospitality, welcome and friendship was warm, and even the weather looked upon us favourably. Thank you Washington.

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David Dearnley leads the peal band out of the glass elevator at the Old Post Office Tower following their successful peal of Stedman Caters. He is followed by Ed Futcher with Stef Warboys (in the pink shorts)

The peal band at the National Cathedral: (l-r) Stephen Coaker, Jane Kostelnyk, Katherine Sloman, Phil and Gwen Rogers, Dickon Love, Ed Futcher, Paul Mounsey, John and Stephanie Warboys.
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The vast ringing room in the central tower of Washington National Cathedral. There is certainly plenty of room for some comfort!

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Beneath the ringing room hangs a large Carillon, cast by John Taylor and Co.
Jane Kostelnyk poses beside one of the large bells.

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Dickon Love photographs what can only have been described as an "inscribed sweet" marking the 50th birthdays of Richard Anderson (middle) and Paul Williams (right) on Saturday's dinner.

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The Dinner held on the Sunday. Clockwise from the left: Peter D'Angio, Paul Mounsey, Richard Anderson, Paul Williams, Jeff Palmer, Ed Futcher, Diane Futcher, Libby Dirksen, Rick Dirksen, Jennah Dirksen, Quilla Roth, Katherine Sloman, Philip Merrill, Gwen Rogers, Phil Rogers, John Mabe, Tim Barnes, Roger Savory, Greg Hinson, Steve Coaker, Jane Kostelnyk, Joe Nega, Cecily Rock, John Warboys, Stephanie Warboys, Walker Mabe, David Dearnley, and Dickon Love's chair!

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Stephanie Warboys demonstrates the English love of tomato ketchup on anything! Right: Rick Dirksen welcomes the visitors and emphasises the close links between Washington and the ASCY.

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Rick Dirksen welcomes the visitors and emphasises the close links between Washington and the ASCY.

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Rick Dirksen and Cecily Rock (Washington's most recent member of the ASCY) Roger Savory and Greg Hinson.
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John Mabe, Katherine Sloman and Philip Merrill. Steve Coaker (middle) joining the raucous corner of Walker Mabe and David Dearnley.
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Paul Williams and Jeff and more informal after dinner drinking. Peter D'Angio and Dickon Love
Photo DrL Greg Hinson and Mike Harrison after ringing for Memorial Day at the Old Post Office Tower.

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