London Montage

London 2012 – Members Involved as Volunteers

Big Ben will chime 40 times in three minutes on Friday as part of a mass bell-ringing event marking the start of the Olympics:

  • It is believed to be the first time the bell has rung outside its regular schedule since 15 February, 1952   On that occasion, it tolled every minute for 56 strokes for the funeral of King George VI.
  • Friday’s event will be part of an art project encouraging everyone across the UK to ring a bell at 08:12 on Friday.
  • It was conceived by Turner Prize-winner Martin Creed, who has called the event Work No. 1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes.
  • Organisers hope it will set a world record for the largest number of bells rung simultaneously.
  • For its part, Big Ben will have to be rung by hand, unlike the hourly chimes, which are automated.

Do keep following the blogs for more detail on  London PA Network members as volunteers:  Games Makes and Team London Ambassadors.