We would like to thank Miss Betty Matson for providing us with the press cutting below which was printed in the Southend Standard in 1949.
The wording on the article, together with the addition of names is printed below for ease of reading.
The peal of bells at St. Mary’s Church, South Benfleet, which now includes the 1939-1945 Victory Thanksgiving Bell, was heard for the first time in 35 years on Thursday. The bells were tried out prior to their rededication by the Bishop of Chelmsford next month.
Named in the photo from left to right:-
B. N. Matson; M. Pearcey (now Mrs Cox); G. Wines; P. Herbert; A.J. Matson; E. Quilter; C.L. Matson.