When I started hand bell ringing in 2015, I found myself stood next to Sue who was very helpful to me, particularly in the early days as I began to acquire the necessary skills. I remained playing next to Sue for the following five years whenever the Alton Handbell Ringers met.
Sue was a lovely, highly intelligent lady and during that time, we had lots of laughs together. She was my partner in chime!
I was shocked to hear earlier this year that Sue was suffering from an aggressive form of cancer and deeply saddened by her death at the beginning of May.
One incident I recall was at a Christmas concert in the church at Uttoxeter – the one that was so dimly lit that we all struggled to read our music. Not everyone was required to ring all pieces and so Sue and I were sat out in...