Bath residents react to the Paul Revere Bell ringing at noon on New Year’s Eve. Maria Skillings / The Times Record

Giving a hearty farewell to 2022, Bath residents on Saturday gathered outside City Hall to hear the chime of the town’s Paul Revere bell, signifying the arrival of the new year.

Families and friends circled around Hallet’s Clock to sing “12 Days of Bath” and “Auld Lang Syne” as they waited for Bath Citizen of the Year Judith Barrington to ring the bell. When the bell finally sounded, a burst of noisemakers and cheers came from the crowd.

Cast in 1802 by American Revolutionary Paul Revere, the 1,500-pound bell has been a staple in the Bath community for 219 years.

Locals shared their New Year’s resolutions at the event.

After three years of COVID-19 restrictions, Kate Kurjanowicz said she vows to “spend more time with the Bath community.” Her 3-year-old daughter, Elenor, couldn’t agree more, insisting on “more trolley rides” downtown.

Lisa Prisco of Bath echoed Kurjanowicz’s social ambitions.

“I’m going to have more fun this year!” Prisco said.

Celebrating the bell ringing for the first time, Michael Zapatka said he hopes for a “healthy new year.”

People gathered in downtown Bath listen to the reading of the proclamation Saturday. Maria Skillings / The Times Record

People sing during the New Year’s Eve celebration. Maria Skillings / The Times Record

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