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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 July 2006, 09:16 GMT 10:16 UK
Remembering Betjeman with bells
John Betjeman
John Betjeman died in 1984
Church bells across Cornwall will be rung next month to remember one of Britain's most famous poets.

John Betjeman is buried in north Cornwall and this year is the centenary of his birth.

To mark the anniversary on 28 August the Betjeman Country Cornwall Group hopes to get all local churches to ring their bells at the same time.

Betjeman wrote the famous Summoned By Bells and organisers hope the move will show he has not been forgotten.

Betjeman was born near Highgate, London and was educated at Marlborough College and Oxford, but failed to complete his degree.

He then taught at various preparatory schools before joining the staff of The Architectural Review in 1930.

His first book of poems, Mount Zion, was printed privately in 1931.

He became Poet Laureate in 1972, succeeding Cecil Day Lewis.

Betjeman died in May 1984 at his home in Trebetherick in Cornwall and is buried in the nearby church of St Enodoc.


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