Ringing out for the Olympics

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CARNOUSTIE rang to the sound of bells last week to mark the beginning of the London Olympics, writes Johnston Ralston.

On Friday at precisely 8.12 a.m., people gathered all across the country to ring bells of every description as part of conceptual artist Martin Creed’s Work No. 1,197, which had been specially commissioned to form part of the opening ceremony.

And in Carnoustie it was no different with around 90 people gathering at Newton of Panbride Church on Arbroath Road and a further small group at Holyrood Church.

There was a good turnout at Newton of Panbride, which was no doubt helped by the sunshine. Rev. Matthew Bickett said: “There’s more here than I made bacon rolls for! On the list there were 75 names, but it looks to be closer to 80 here.

“That said, there must have been at least 90 if not more, we’ll know by the number of bacon rolls left.”

Not everybody could make it, and so people joined in from home, including Carnoustie’s very own Olympic torch bearer. Rev. Bickett added: “Andy Coogan’s daughter, Christine Hoy came across to say her dad was listening to the bells lying in bed. We sent a couple of bacon rolls across for Andy and his wife.

“Also, I have met neighbours who said they were unable to come along, but they opened their doors and joined in the bell ringing from their kitchens, by ringing a bell.

“It was a great way to start the morning and the weather certainly helped.”

Elsewhere in the town, a trio from Holyrood Church, led by Mrs Edna Boffey, took part in the festivities.

She said: “There were just a few of us, once we knew Matthew was doing something we decided to have Holyrood’s bells ringing as well.

“We got some very strange looks from motorists going along Maule Street, there were some lovely double takes!

“Unfortunately, the way the wind was blowing we couldn’t hear a thing from the other bells.”

l For everyone who missed the bell ringing, you can see our video here http://www.guideandgazette.co.uk/news/local-headlines/video-ringing-in-the-olympics-1-2436164