At 08:12 on 27th July 2012, thousands of people across the UK joined together to ring in the first day of the Olympics as part of Martin Creed’s Work No. 1197 ‘All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes’

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Here artist and musician Martin Creed talks about inviting the public to participate and Alan Hughes of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry explains how bell-ringing is a unique and timeless British tradition, while Alan Regin steeple keeper of Christ Church Spitalfields reminds us that bell-ringing, and this particular event, is for everyone. Watch as participants, young and old, across London and the UK signalled the first day of the London Olympics with a fanfare of bell-ringing.

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