Two teenagers proved you do not need an armful of muscle to be a bell-ringer.
Margaret Sparling and Kathleen Leach, both 18, took up the unusual hobby and were bell-ringers at Birstall Parish Church.
Each Sunday, they climbed into the belfry and spent half an hour ringing the bells, which summoned people to church.
Kathleen, who worked as a secretary at an opticians in Birstall, said: “We only ring the lighter bells.
“Obviously it takes a lot of strength to pull the really heavy ones.”
Nevertheless both girls told the News they loved their hobby.
Margaret, of Whewell Street, Birstall, worked as a clerk for the Yorkshire Electricity Board and became a bell-ringer shortly after her friend, Kathleen did.
Kathleen said: “The church needed more bell-ringers so I volunteered and then Margaret followed me.
“When we were learning, we used too much energy pulling the ropes too hard.
“Now we just relax and it is not as hard.”
In 1970, there were 10 people in the bell-ringing team who had to cope with the eight bells.
Kathleen and Margaret worked every Sunday afternoon from three to half past, and every other Sunday morning.
Kathleen said: “It gets easier as you go along.
“When we first started bell-ringing, an experienced bell-ringer shows us the proper way to hold the ropes and pull them.
“Sometimes if you let them go suddenly, they jump up and hit you in the face.”
Both Kathleen and Margaret were closely connected with the church before becoming campanologists.
Margaret was the church assistant guide and Kathleen, who enjoyed another arm-strengthing hobby ten pin bowling, was the assistant brownie leader.
Margaret said: “Bell-ringing gives you a chance to meet interesting people as well as the actual enjoyment of hearing the bells ring.
“I can’t see any reason to give it up for a long time yet.”