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First Presbyterian bell tower finally gets bells

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A new addition is coming to an historic Wilmington church. This morning four new bronze bells arrived at First Presbyterian Church.

Six months ago, some members of the church were looking for a way to honor their parents, Hampton and Betsy Tillery, so they decided to purchase the bells for the bell tower.

Even though the church was built in 1929, it's never had any bells.

A company in France made the bells. Now they're here, ready for their new home.

"We're excited about this possibility," Pastor Ernie Thompson said. "The church has been a landmark for the community, and having the bells in the tower we think completes that and this will be something the whole community enjoys."

The smallest bell weighs 480 pounds. The largest bell weights 2,000 pounds.

They will be on display at the church for the next few weeks, until they're placed in the tower in february.

The goal is for the tower eventually to hold 43 bells.

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