For whom the church bell tolls

East and Old elder and former bellringer May Sutherland is pictured with Mitzi Butler and Mitzi's cousins Tim and Jim as well as Ed Thomson, Angus Council clerk of works, in the bell-rope room of the steeple.

East and Old elder and former bellringer May Sutherland is pictured with Mitzi Butler and Mitzi's cousins Tim and Jim as well as Ed Thomson, Angus Council clerk of works, in the bell-rope room of the steeple.

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AN AMERICAN woman made an emotional family visit to the East and Old Parish Church on Thursday to witness the Lang Strang Bell ring out in memory of her late husband.

At exactly 10 minutes past nine in the morning Mrs Mitzi Butler and her cousins Jim and Tim from California, stood in silent homage at the Parish Church steeple in Forfar while Lang Strang was rung three times.

This was to mark the passing, exactly a year ago of Mitzi’s husband, Craig. His great grandmother, Margaret Strang, had often spoken of the family association with the bell in Forfar and had always hoped it would be tolled for her and her successors.

Mitzi, from Eureka on the northern Californian coast, can trace her ancestors back six generations to John Strang, Forfar, in the 1700s.