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News article created on 23 July 2012

Ring your bell this Friday

Turner Prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed is asking everyone with access to a bell up and down the country to ring it at 8.12 am to celebrate the first day of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Anyone can take part by simply registering to ring a bell at www.allthebells.com. The event will be broadcast by the BBC across the UK on TV, radio and online. By joining in you can make sure our canals and rivers can be heard along with the rest of the country.

Martin Creed says: “It’s by people and for people. On the morning of the opening of the Games it’s a massive signal that something is happening.”

Thousands of people have already registered and the performance has captured the imagination of many organisations, including The Royal Navy and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, The British Army, The RAF, The National Theatre, The Sports Heritage Network, Discovering Places, The Churches Conservation Trust, The Handbell Ringers of Great Britain, The Mayor of London, The Archbishop of Westminster, The British Federation of Youth Marching Band Organisations and many more.

Nationwide celebration

The organisers of the event believe that the sound of thousands of bells across the country ringing out at the same time to mark this historical moment will be a thrilling experience and a nationwide celebration.

Anyone can take part by ringing any kind of bell for three minutes - from experienced change ringing experts of tower bells to enthusiastic children with hand bells, bicycle bells and doorbells. To get involved all individuals, communities and organisations are encouraged to register at www.allthebells.com and register their interest in taking part on the day or register the own bell ringing event for others to join.