THE bells were ringing out as Morpeth played its part in heralding the start of the Olympic Games.
About 40 people gathered at County Hall on Friday morning to join thousands across the country in ringing bells to signal a 12-hour countdown to the start of the London Games.
The Morpeth event, which was synchronised with the national effort at 8.12am, was led by experienced Morpeth bellringer Richard Major with hand bells.
He was joined by Morpeth Mayor and Mayoress Mark and Lynne Horton, other local councillors and staff from Northumberland County Council.
Mr Major said: “I was delighted to see everyone joining in and getting involved. We had almost 40 participants, with all shapes and sizes of bells.
“In London, Big Ben chimed out 42 times in the allotted three minutes and I think we made just as much of a mark in Morpeth.”
The event was the brainchild of Turner prize-winner Martin Creed as part of the cultural Olympiad.
Everyone was encouraged to ring a bell for three minutes with whatever they had to hand, whether hand bells, bicycle bells, or even doorbells or mobile phone ringtones.
Pegswood councillor David Woodard said: “The sun was shining and everyone got involved for the launch of the 2012 Olympics. It was a great way of getting everyone involved.”