August 12, 2009

Church bell resumes when locals bang pots

Residents of a small Italian town said their local priest has resumed ringing local church bells after a pause requested by the town's only tourist.

Father Alfredo De Simoni of the town of Mezzema on a Ligurian hilltop conceded to the tourist's request that the church bells not be rung between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., but residents of the village of 85 people protested the absence of their usual 7 a.m. wake-up bell by taking to the streets banging pots and pans, ANSA reported Wednesday.

The villagers further protested the move by boycotting Sunday Mass, and De Simoni resumed the regular schedule of bell ringing Wednesday to great celebration by the townspeople.