Church to ring in London Games

CARNOUSTIE is set to ring in the Olympics next Friday (July 27) by making as much noise as possible.

The congregation at Newton of Panbride Church on Arbroath Road will be ringing the church bells and any other bells they may have to mark the start of the 2012 London Olympics.

The event is part of a national project called ‘All the Bells’ which has been devised by Turner Prize winning artist Martin Creed.

At 8.12 a.m. next Friday, the day of the Olympic opening ceremony, people up and down the country are being urged to ring a bell as loudly as possible for three minutes to celebrate the opening of the Games.

And Panbride Church will be no different with around 50 people signed up to ring bells as loudly as possible.

The minister Rev. Matthew Bickett says the church was delighted to get involved.

He said: “There will be a mixture of adults and children taking part and helping to ring the bells.

“And we are also asking people to bring a bell of their own.

“It is great to be involved in a national event and when we heard about it we thought we would do it and just go for it.”

The event is also being broadcast on the BBC and the church will be linking up with the Chris Evans Show on BBC Radio 2 for the countdown to 8.12 a.m.

After the bell ringing, bacon rolls will be on offer in the church kitchen.

Other notable locations taking part in All the Bells include HMS Belfast stationed on the River Thames in London and the Scotsman Steps in Edinburgh.

National organiser Martin Creed said: “It’s by people and for people.

“On the morning of the opening of the Games it’s a massive signal that something is happening.”

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