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Ancient bell tolled again at Armistice Day thanks to sales of a Belgian beer

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A historic bell that once hung in the steeple of a Belgian Abbey and was destroyed in World War I, has been restored and rung again for the first time in 100 years for the Armistice Centenary, thanks to the sales of a Belgian beer from UK drinkers.

The bell cost £30,000 to replace and was paid for through the royalties to the monks of the Abbey who originated Heverlee, the Belgian beer in 1129.

The momentous occasion came after the Mayor of Leuven campaigned for years to have the bells replaced after they were destroyed in an attack on the town. A Martial Fund paid for the replacements for all but one of the bells – the most valuable that’s located in the steeple – now funded thanks to Heverlee beer drinkers.

Joris Brams, Master Brewer of Heverlee, HeH said: “The stunning Park Abbey in the town of Heverlee is where the ancient monks originated the beer hundreds of years ago, so it’s a huge occasion for the success of Heverlee today to be giving back to the institution that created it.
 
“Living in Leuven I have seen how celebrated the refurbishment of the Abbey has been, and it’s through the popularity of Heverlee in the UK that the masthead of the Abbey can again take its rightful place.”
 

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