There was quite a bit of press attention as this century old custom was coming along. Especially since we as Brielle bell ringers had come all across the country to the north to particpate.
While the bell ringing goes on, one can visit the church where there are various stalls selling local produce. And of course to warm up with hot coffee and tea.
Note the Frisian flag (flag of the province of Friesland) hanging outside.
The bell tower is outside the church on a separate ground. The local bell ringers know how to ring with almost a twitch of their thumbs. Whereas we Brielle bell ringers didn't make much of it, they could ring the bell with one hand. In fact, there was one ringer who could ring both at the same time!
North, in the province Friesland.
Some 230 km. from Brielle (my hometown) which is near Rotterdam.
And some 138 km. from Amsterdam.
Katlijk lies in the province Friesland where Frisian is spoken. This is a different language than Dutch.
The tiny village Katlijk boasts a publisher Le Chat Mort, who publishes comicbooks in Frisian.
A tiny village (popl 557) with a church and a school but almost no further amenities.
The main even for which it is known is bell ringing at Saint Thomas.