Faith Hines

Faith Hines is a SSAFA fundraiser, also known for being the ‘original Avon lady’. She was a child in Buckinghamshire during the war, and a keen bell ringer.

Faith Hines

Faith Hines is a SSAFA fundraiser, also known for being the ‘original Avon lady’. She was a child in Buckinghamshire during the war, and a keen bell ringer.

“As a child the highlight of my week was Thursdays, bell ringing practice, but in times of war ringing bells were used to signal an invasion. The Defence of the Realm Act prevented the ringing of church bells, and bells on public buildings such as Big Ben as a precaution against false alarms. It wasn’t until August 1945 that a grand peal of bells was heard in the British Isles again.

“Though VE Day took place in May, it wasn’t until August 13th the lights went on in London for the first time since 1939. Then with Japan’s surrender the following day our Bell master called us to the bell tower to practise Grandsire to be Rung Aloud on August 15th, the official announcement of victory over Japan.

“Though I have fond memories of VJ day celebrations in Buckinghamshire – the war ended for me the day Uncle Percy came back from abroad striding into the house with an armful of what we recognised from our books as bananas.”