A recording of bells broadcast through a public-address system at a Lanarkshire church has not received a ringing endorsement from neighbours.
St John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, in Uddingston’s Lower Millgate, have erected four speakers on a 20-ft post outside the building.
Villagers say the “tinny” sound of the bells can be heard every day of the week: three minutes at noon and 6pm, Monday to Saturday – and before morning, noon and evening mass on Sundays.
One villager this week described the sound as “raucous” adding: “I’m several streets away and I can hear it with the door shut.”
It was also claimed that the structure was erected without planning permission.
St John the Baptist parish priest Father Dominic Towey said: “We are disappointed and hurt that in 21st century Scotland there is still a small minority who seem offended at the sound of Christians, in this case Roman Catholics, being called to worship by a church bell.”
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