Ring in the First Day of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Press Release: 02/07/2012

National Bell ringing campaign

With just 25 days to go until the first day of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Winchester City Council is asking churches, schools, community groups and local charities to join in a national bell ringing campaign. At 8.12am on Friday 27 July 2012, thousands of people across the UK will be joining together to ring in the first day of the Games.

Turner Prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed has created Work No. 1197, which involves all the bells in the country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes, as part of the London 2012 Festival commission. Work No. 1197 can be performed by local groups.

Anyone can take part, from church bell ringers to enthusiastic children with hand bells, bicycle bells and doorbells, by ringing any kind of bell for three minutes. To get involved all individuals, communities and organisations are encouraged to register at www.allthebells.com. If you are a Winchester District based organisation you can also ‘like’ our ‘Ring In the London 2012 Olympic Games’ status on Winchester City Council’s Facebook page located at: http://www.facebook.com/WinchesterCity/posts/386751498049997

Everyone who signs up to the national Campaign will be able to download an exclusive Martin Creed ringtone, Work No. 1372. The Official London 2012 ‘Join In’ app incorporates a line of Martin’s composition as a shake and play feature.

Cllr Patricia Stallard, Winchester City Council’s 2012 Champion and Portfolio Holder for Communities, Culture and Sport said,

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. This is a fun way for our local communities to join in and mark the start of the games. The City Council will be ringing a bell from the steps of Guildhall Winchester, located at the bottom of Winchester High Street. Parishes and wards across the Winchester District are also working together to deliver their very own celebration events.”

The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will pass though Kings Worthy and Winchester on Wednesday 11 July. For further information about the route and frequently asked questions visit www.winchester.gov.uk/olympic-torch-relay

For local people wishing to watch the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games live there will be a giant screen outside Winchester Cathedral this summer. From 27 July to 12 August and again from 29 August to 9 September ‘Winchester Live’ screen will be showing coverage every day in the Cathedral Outer Close from 10am until the end of the day’s events. For more information regarding Winchester City Council’s live site visit www.winchester2012.co.uk/winchesterlive