CONCERNING Eric Lovelock's letter (January 22) which recalls interruptions of Mount St Mary's cricket matches by the Angelus bell in the 1920s.
He and certainly many old Gregorians will be interested to know that cricket matches at Downside are still routinely disturbed in this manner with all players stopping immediately to face the Abbey church and "Great Bede's" sombre toll.
Furthermore, few old boys cannot at sometime have been accused by former members of visiting teams of "fixing" the bell to ring at a critical moment in their match thereby gaining some spurious advantage. The standard explanation of fixed times of Noon and six pm holds little water with them!
Nowadays, comparatively modern technology rules with the bell being rung automatically. However, it seems that counting is not a strong point of the clockwork mechanism and the players are kept in suspense wondering how many times the bell will be struck and when they might safely resume play.
Roderick Mellotte Oval House Stratton-on-the-Fosse Somerset