Recently Mr. Walter Spiers, of Alresford, Hants, celebrated his 82nd birthday. He is still hale and hearty, can read without spectacles and do a full day’s work.

Mr. Spiers has lived all his life in Alresford, and has been bell ringing ever since he was nine years old, so that he has been a ringer for over 70 years. He began at Old Alresford, when he had to stand on a little stool because he could not otherwise reach the ropes. He still rings at Old Alresford and is regularly in his place every Sunday. He is a member of the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild, and in days gone by took part in several peals, but, he says, three hours at a stretch is now a bit too long for him.

The Ringing World No. 1128, November 4th, 1932, page 723