D-Day : la cloche de la paix est arrivée à Bayeux

Par Eric Turpin, France Bleu Normandie (Calvados - Orne) et France Bleu Cotentin mercredi 23 avril 2014 à 15:20

Cloche de la paix Bayeux - en gros plan
Cloche de la paix Bayeux - en gros plan © Régine Godard - Radio France

Un millier de personnes ont salué l'arrivée de la cloche de la Paix et de la Liberté mercredi matin sur le parvis de la cathédrale de Bayeux. Fondue à Villedieu-les-Poêles à l'occasion du 70e anniversaire du Débarquement, la cloche a été posée sur un trépied dans l'édifice religieux. Elle sonnera à la volée pour la première fois le 14 juin.

Il est 8 heures quand la cloche quitte la fonderie de Villedieu-les-Poëles pour rejoindre Bayeux. Transportée sur un camion non bâché, la cloche de la Paix et de la Liberté emprunte la voie de la Liberté et arrive vers 10 heures sur le parvis de cathédrale de Bayeux.

Un millier de personnes saluent l'arrivée de "Thérèse-Bénédicte". C'est le nom de cette cloche fondue spécialement pour le 70e anniversaire du Débarquement.Il faut dire que c'est un événement. C'est la première fois depuis 156 ans qu'une nouvelle cloche est dans la cathédrale de Bayeux.

Cloche de la paix Bayeux - Arrivée - Radio France
Cloche de la paix Bayeux - Arrivée © Radio France

La cloche de la Paix et de la Liberté est soulevée par un bras articulé et transportée dans la nef de l'église. Puis elle est posée sur un trépied monté sur un podium. Un moment solennel et historique auquel le public peut assister. L'opération dure deux heures. Tout se déroule parfaitement. La cloche est maintenant installée.

Dans la soirée, les dentellières de Bayeux vont recouvrir d'un voile la cloche qui résonnera pour la toute première fois dans la cathédrale samedi devant 2500 jeunes scoûts américains venus célébrer le 70e anniversaire du Débarquement.

Cloche de la paix Bayeux - dans la nef - Radio France
Cloche de la paix Bayeux - dans la nef © Radio France

Le 6 juin, la cloche de la Paix et de la Liberté sera baptisée lors d'un office religieux en présence du Prince Charles et peut être de la reine d'Angleterre, Elisabeth II, qui est l'une des neuf parrains et marraines. Quatre jours plus tard, la cloche, qui pèse 1,15 tonne, sera montée à l'aide d'une grue dans la tour sud de la cathédrale de Bayeux.

Le 14 juin, elle sonnera à la volée pour la toute première fois. Une date symbolique. C'est en effet le 14 juin 1944 que le général de Gaulle prononce à Bayeux dans le Calvados son premier discours en France libre.

Clone of Cloche de la paix Bayeux - plan serré - Radio France
Clone of Cloche de la paix Bayeux - plan serré © Radio France

 

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La cloche de la liberté est arrivée à Bayeux