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2013 Southwest Peal Tour

8 Towers in 8 Days

by Beth Sinclair

This Ross Finbow-organized tour picked up where the 7-towers festival left off. The tour started and ended in Dallas, logging over 1,000 miles to ring in the three towers in Houston as well as the towers in Shreveport, Texarkana, and Little Rock. The band of 8 hailed from all over – Robert Kakuk (Kalamazoo MI), David Hawkins and Michael Hinton (Toronto, Canada), John Owen (Winston-Salem, NC), Beth Sinclair (Washington DC), Chris Bostock (Leeds, England), Ted Clark (Birmingham, AL), and Ross Finbow (Pittsburgh, PA).

Here are some highlights from the tour:

The tour was all in all a rousing success and there are some important thank yous that we want to extend. First, thank you Ross for organizing the shindig in the first place. It is no mean feat to put something like this together and this tour went off very smoothly due in no small part to your efforts. THANKS. We would also like to thank all of the ringers and tower families who welcomed us into their towers and in some cases their homes. One thing that is very special about ringing is the built in sense of community and we lived that each day of the tour. Finally we would like to send particular thanks to some members of our group who played particularly important roles in our success. Rob and Chris served as our conductors in residence for all of our peals and quarters and Rob, Chris, and Ted did all of the driving.

Posted Apr 23, 2013


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