Join in Black Country Olympic bell-ringing celebration
Published on 19th July 2012
The race is on to find 2,012 people to line the streets in Cradley Heath and ring bells as the nation joins together to celebrate the start of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Cradley Heath Salvation Army is organising the spectacle as part of a nationwide project created by Turner Prize winning artist and musician Martin Creed.
'Work No. 1197: All the bells in the country rang as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes' will be performed across the country at 8.12am on Friday 27 July, which is the day of the London 2012 Games Opening Ceremony.
Mathew Griffiths, from the Salvation Army, said: "We hope many people will come along and line the streets in Cradley Heath and join in with a large community bell ring.
"We would love to get 2,012 people to take part.
"People need to supply their own bell to ring and we would ask them to come to our hall in Meredith Street, Cradley Heath, for no later than 8am so that we can get everyone in place for the start.
"People can use any bell they would like - hand bells, children's jingle bells, bike bells, cow bells, door bells, shop counter bells, morris dancers' bells, last order bells. They can also download a mobile phone ringtone from the All the Bells website.
"The local parish church St Luke's is going to join in and will be ringing their bell."
After the event hot drinks will be served with light refreshments.
If people are using public transport, there is a bus stop just outside the Salvation Army building on the 238, 141 and 243 bus routes. The nearest train station is Cradley Heath Train Station in Forge Lane.
For more information, please contact Mathew on 01384 563570.