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Bells in Caston
by Alison Skipper - 15:40 on 28 July 2012
At 08:12 today, 27th July 2012, thousands of people across the UK joined together to ring in the first day of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
A group of 11 villagers gathered at The Church of The Holy Cross, Caston at 8.00am to take part in this national event.
After a short practice the volunteers precisely counted down the seconds to 8.12am to start the 3 minute ringing session. The first one and a half minutes went very smoothly and then the ringers started to reach the “burn” and the final one and a half minutes seemed a very long time for the amateur ringers, some not having rung a church bell for a great number of years.
After ringing finished, they joined other parishioners in a short service dedicated to the Olympics and Paralympics, praying for the protection and safety of all. Annabel Valentine reminded us that this was the first time in 70 years, to the day, that so many bells had been rung at one time across the nation. The last time marked the victory at El Alamein in World War 2, which signified the first major victory for the allied forces.
More pictures are available from the parish council clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org
This event was organised by All The Bells and lots more information can be found on this site where you can here a new work by artist Martin Creed and also download a special celebration Olympic ring tone for your phone. http://www.allthebells.com/home/
Malcolm Valentine checks his watch - Jane Horner patiently awaits.
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