Are you game for a spot of bell-ringing?

OLYMPICS fans in Northumberland have been urged to show their support for the Games with three minutes of bell-ringing.

The national initiative will form part of the cultural Olympiad, with tower bells, hand bells, bicycle bells, doorbells and even mobile phones accepted as suitable tools for the job.

The Olympic Bell Ringing performance is inspired by Turner prize-winner Martin Creed and his Work No. 1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes.

Bells should be sounded at 8.12am on Friday, July 27 – 12 hours before the start of the Games’ opening ceremony pre-show.

Northumberland County Council Executive Member for Customer Relations and Culture Neil Bradbury said: “This is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved and I urge all residents, young and old, to pick up a bell and ring it out loud for three minutes to mark the beginning of the 2012 Olympics.”

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