The Salvation Army’s kettle bells will ring once again at the Eaton Centre, ending a controversy that began last week.

Under an agreement reached yesterday, mall operator Cadillac Fairview announced that it will allow the Salvation Army’s bells to ring at all the company’s shopping centres during the holidays.

The Salvation Army’s bells were silenced eight years ago because of complaints from tenants that the noise from the bells was distracting and bad for business.

The policy came to the public’s attention just last week and it immediately touched off a firestorm of criticism.

Cadillac Fairview was bombarded with complaints from shoppers, and Capt. John Murray of the Salvation Army was besieged with interview requests as the bells issue became a hot-button topic on radio talk shows.

Cadillac Fairview said at the time the policy was developed by a former management team, and the current managers were not aware that the silencing of the bells was an issue.