Churchgoers put on a towering show of unity as the bells of peace rang out over East Hampshire to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

Bellringers in Petersfield and Blackmoor were among the thousands who got on the ropes on June 6 in a nationwide ringing for peace.

Teenagers and pensioners in their 80s were among the band of 22 ringers who ascended into the St Peter’s tower ringing room for the Petersfield performance.

St Matthew's Blackmoor bellringers
St Matthew's Blackmoor choir master Robin Helliwell relaxes at The Hanger pub in Oakhanger after ringing the bells for peace. (St Matthew's Blackmoor bellringers)

Members took turns to ring the rounds, culminating in the method of Plain Hunt on eight bells.

The Blackmoor ringers went from pulling ropes to pints as they retired to The Hanger in Oakhanger after their performance at St Matthew’s.

The group rang rounds and call changes, plain hunt, Bob doubles and Grandsire with Robin Helliwell, Debbie Matthias, Gordon Strachan, David Cooper, Valerie Harris, Brent Sigley, Steve Jolliffe, Jan Goodyear and Sally Beech all taking part.