Ringing in the start of the Paralympics

BELLS will ring out in Morpeth to celebrate the start of the Paralympic Games – and everyone is invited to join in.

People are invited to gather in the Market Place to take part in a ringing of hand bells to mark the sporting event.

And Morpeth Clock Tower bells will also chime, provided that enough ringers come forward.

It follows the success of a national All The Bells initiative for the launch of the London Olympics, which included bell-ringing at County Hall.

The Paralympic ringing will last for five minutes and anyone can join in, but organisers hope that as many people with disabilities as possible will sample the fun.

They are also calling on local sports clubs to play a part.

Organiser Richard Major said: “Because this is celebrating the Paralympic Games I would like to focus on people with disabilities and also get some people from the sports clubs to be there to assist, that is my hope.

“After the Olympic bell ringing I thought this was a good idea.”

The bell ringing will be held in Morpeth Market Place on Wednesday, at 12.20pm.

Participants should meet by 12.10pm. Bells will be provided, but people are also encouraged to take their own if they have them.

The event is supported by Northumberland County Council.