Town bell repaired; will chime three times every day


Richard Dupp pictured in the Clock Tower.

By Donna McMillan

Port Dover’s iconic bell, located in the Clock Tower above the Lighthouse Festival Theatre, started chiming again on Monday at 9 a.m., 12 noon and 5 p.m.
As readers will remember, Port Doverite Richard Dupp, a professor at Mohawk College as well as popular local singer and actor, worked on the clock and had it ticking with accuracy in May of this year.
At the time, the 60-year-old said he would be working next on the chiming of the 800 pound bronze bell, which stands three feet tall and is 34 inches in diameter.
The bell was manufactured in 1869. The clock was purchased from the E. Howard Co. of Boston and installed in 1906 in the tower with the bell. Prior to that time, the town had hired a bell ringer to chime out significant hours of the day for the working community.
At the world premiere of “Ghost Island Light” last Thursday, Derek Ritschel, Artistic Director at LFT, took the opportunity to pay tribute to Richard and the work he has done in the clock tower.
The bell chimed at 8 p.m. to kick off the evening and Richard was invited on stage to receive the audience’s exuberant applause of gratitude.
It was announced then that the bell would be tolling at 9 a.m., 12 noon and 5 p.m. daily thanks to some further tinkering and the purchase of a piece of digital equipment.


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