Shopping mall's bells return

Jerrie Demasi
WAToday Date: May 23, 2013

Jerrie Demasi


Perth's Hay Street Mall was filled with the sound of bells today
for the first time in over 20 years.

The 35 bells above Carillon City were reactivated today after a long hiatus
to celebrate the landmark's 30th anniversary.

Originally installed for the opening of Carillon Arcade in 1983,
the word "carillon" derived from the French word meaning four bells.
The instrument is the fourth largest of its kind in Australia,
including the one within Perth's Bell Tower.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the reactivation is an important part
of the city's history.

"I'm so proud," she said.

"I've lamented that we would look up and see this piece of architecture,
but it wasn't working and I was very sad as the Lord Mayor of this city
that it looked like we didn't care enough."

"So this is a very special day and it just makes our city look like
there's a little bit more care attached to it."

The bells were cast in the same London workshop that cast Big Ben
as well as the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.

Hay Street Mall crowds can expect to hear the automated bells
toll every day at midday and 5.30pm.