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Tuesday, 10 September, 2002, 09:39 GMT 10:39 UK
Lord Mayor's present to New York
The bell being cast
The bell is 31 inches wide (78.74cm)
The City of London's Mayor is flying to New York to present a bell on the anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.

Michael Oliver will present the Bell of Hope to the Trinity Church, in Wall Street, on Wednesday in recognition of the strong ties between the financial capitals of the UK and USA.

He will also attend a remembrance service in New York for British victims of the terror attacks.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey will bless the bell and preach a sermon at the service.

'Pay tribute'

Mr Oliver said: "The City of London - and the whole United Kingdom - would like New Yorkers to know that we feel their grief and pay tribute to their fortitude.

"The City of London and the City of New York have always been close - and never closer than in times of conflict and adversity."

The bell, which weighs 294.84 kilograms, will be mounted in the churchyard so it can be struck by a single clapper hung on the inside of the bell and operated by hand.

Its inscription reads: "To the greater glory of God and in recognition of the enduring links between the City of London and the city of New York. Forged in adversity - September 11, 2001."

The bell, which was commissioned by the Corporation of London, was cast by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in east London.

The foundry has been casting bells for more than 400 years, including the original ring of eight bells for Trinity Church in 1797.


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