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Monday, 30 July 2012
At 08:12 on 27th July, a group of Bolton School girls joined thousands of people across the UK to ring in the first day of the London 2012 Olympic Games in the national event ‘All the Bells’.
The event was a London 2012 Festival commission by Turner Prize winning artist and musician Martin Creed, entitled ‘Work No. 1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes.’ This could be any sort of bell, by anyone, anywhere.
The tower at Deane Parish Church took up the challenge and invited girls from Bolton School to come and ring the bells. After a trip up the tower to see the bells, the girls were given a safety briefing and at the appointed time started to chime the peel of eight bells. Parents accompanying them also had the chance to join in by ringing the set of hand-bells. Those taking part were Year 7 pupils Megan Phillips, Zoe Ashworth and Harriet Flatt, Year 8 pupils Molly McLaughlin, Lorna Hussey, and Jessica Gregori, Year 9 pupil Anjani Hathi, and Mr Eric Morgan, Bolton School Science Technician and regular ringer at Deane Church.
Bells were rung around the country, joined by many around the world including Rothera Station in Antarctica. Big Ben was rung 40 times in the three minute session. This is a historic occasion for one of the world's most famous bells, as it is the first time that the strike of Big Ben has been rung outside its regular schedule since 15 February 1952, when it tolled for the funeral of King George VI. It was confirmed that the National Assembly for Wales was ringing its bell along with the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Scottish Parliament, meaning that all four Parliaments were ringing in unison at 08:12 as part of All the Bells. London Mayor Boris Johnson also joined in by ringing his bicycle bell.
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