Bell-ringing heralds start of London 2012 Olympics - hear it here!

PUBLISHED: 12:29 27 July 2012

200 people gathered to ring bells at Welwyn St Mary's Church to herald the start of the Olympics

200 people gathered to ring bells at Welwyn St Mary's Church to herald the start of the Olympics

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THOUSANDS of bells rang out across the UK this morning (Friday) to mark the start of the London 2012 Olympics - and villagers in Welwyn joined in the occasion.

Around 200 people gathered outside St Mary’s Church in Welwyn armed with every kind of bell imaginable.

And, at 8.12am – precisely 12 hours before the pre-show for the Opening Ceremony starts tonight – the bells rang out for three minutes.

A church spokeswoman said: “We had around 200 people in the churchyard ringing every kind of bell you can think of, fire bells, last orders bells, sleigh bells, bicycle bells and Barry did a great job donging his gong from Java!

“It was all led by the magnificent eight bells in St Mary’s Tower.”

The All the Bells spectacle was the brainchild of Turner Prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed

His vision was entitled Work No. 1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes.

The firing of cannons from HMS Belfast signalled the start of the three minutes, which included Big Ben chiming 40 times.

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