A HUGE bell on the sea wall at Appledore rang out for the first time to signal the launch of the 12th annual Appledore s Visual Arts Festival. The unique Time and Tide Bell is a newly invented form by sculptor and musician Marcus Vergette of Highampton

A HUGE bell on the sea wall at Appledore rang out for the first time to signal the launch of the 12th annual Appledore’s Visual Arts Festival.The unique Time and Tide Bell is a newly invented form by sculptor and musician Marcus Vergette of Highampton which can sound different notes to create a melody as the rise of the tide moves the clapper to strike the bell. From one strike it sounds different notes, one after the other, creating a melody and as the bell becomes submerged in the rising water, the pitch will vary. The creation of the 6ft high bell is an Arts Council funded project and is the first of what are hoped to be 12 such bells to be created on tidal waters around the country over the next two years. It is planned to site the next at Greenwich.Mr Vergette said: "The idea of the Time and Tide Bell is to create, celebrate and reinforce connections between different parts of the country, between the land and the sea, between ourselves and our environment. "One of this bell's many potential meanings is as a timepiece or time marker, both in the way the bell is rung by the movement of the sea at high tide daily and also as a long time marker of sea levels and where the shoreline is now.