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In 1969 Norman Chaddock rang 2 peals at Inveraray. On taking the keys back to Anne Noble, it transpired that the bells were going to be sold to India. A conversation took place, involving the Bishop of Argyll and this sale was stopped. In April 1970 Norman organised a small group from East Yorkshire to travel to Inveraray to spend a week to cleaning and painting the frame and raising awareness with evening talks and handbell demonstrations. Ray Aldington, the carillonneur from the Bournville Carillon, joined us and played Scottish tunes on the chimes each lunchtime. The group were priviledged to stay at the home of Michael and Anne Noble, at their 'small' house in Cairndow, where bed, breakfast and evening meal were provided. (Michael served as President of the Board of Trade in 1970. Michael and Anne were later ennobled becoming Baron and Lady Glenkinglas.) As a mark of gratitude the group were made life members of the Friends of Inveraray Tower. Anne Noble generously provided an interest free loan of £10,000 to the Friends of Inveraray to enable repairs to the tower and in August 1970 a group from the East Riding along with Wilf Moreton and Ray Aldington returned and made two records to help raise funds. One record was mainly Scottish tunes played on the chimes and the other was mainly change ringing. Most of these records were sold to visitors from the USA with all proceeds going into the Tower Funds. One of the first tasks of the restoration was to install sound control, which also limited the amount of rain water entering the tower. The central section of the ringing room floor was in a very poor state and some parts were missing. Ringing the 8th and 9th was quite hazardous in the early years! It was not until 1975 that a new floor was installed. Ringers from the East Riding have had a strong link with the town and tower ever since and for many years the peal slot on the August bank holiday weekend was automatically reserved for us.