For many years the peal of bells on Christmas morning provided the start to the day’s broadcasting. This is no longer the case. So let me take you back to Christmas 1977 and Paddy O’ Byrne opening up both Radio 1 and Radio 2 with the bells of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. You’ll also hear the start of John Dunn says Happy Christmas.
And from the days when Radio 4 had a half-hour Christmas morning programme called Christmas Bells this recording, taken from a poor quality tape, features veteran broadcaster and commentator Robert Hudson. The programme was broadcast in 1983. Christmas Bells was last broadcast in 1986.