Help support the Olympic ringalong

Andrew Frost will be taking part

Andrew Frost will be taking part

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PEOPLE are urged to support a nationwide bell-ringing extravaganza to celebrate the first day of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

They are being asked to ring a bell – be it a church bell, a door bell or a bicycle bell – as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes on Friday, July 27.

The initiative is being organised nationally by Turner Prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed as part of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the four-year Cultural Olympiad.

The Hartlepool Bellringers group has already pledged its support by agreeing to ring the bells at Hartlepool Art Gallery within the former Christ Church in Church Square and at Stranton Church.

Secretary Andrew Frost said: “We recently rang the bells at churches around the town to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the arrival of the Olympic Torch, and we are delighted to be ringing again for another major event.

“We will be joining in with the general ‘noise’ of bells ringing across Hartlepool and look forward to helping make this a memorable event.”

The event is timed to begin at 8.12am and it will be broadcast by the BBC to a potential live audience of over 10 million people across the UK on television, radio and on-line, including BBC local radio stations.

John Mennear, Hartlepool Borough Council’s assistant director, community services, said: “Anyone can take part by ringing any kind of bell and we hope the people of Hartlepool will support the initiative in numbers to make it an unforgettable occasion.”

Individuals, communities and organisations are being encouraged to get involved by registering at www.allthebells.com.

Thousands of people have already registered and the initiative has captured the imagination of many organisations, including the Royal Navy and the Royal Fleet Auxillary, the British Army and the RAF.