Ringing in the Olympics

The Walsoken ringers who rang in the start of the Olympics.
The Walsoken ringers who rang in the start of the Olympics.

BELLS rang out across the district this morning (Friday) to mark the start of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

At 8.12am, bells rang for three minutes as part of an arts project by Turner Prize-winning Martin Creed, commissioned by the London 2012 Festival. People could ring any kind of bell, from grand church bells to bicycle bells or the humble doorbell.

A number of belltowers in this area took part, including St Peter and St Paul’s Church in both Wisbech and Chatteris.

The Walsoken ringers rang six bells at All Saints’ Church. The ringers – Jeanette Cox, Barry Woodhouse, Jacky Spooner, David Poore, Lee and Christine Newman – did call changes and actually rang for 20 minutes in total.

At Wisbech St Peter’s, a small team of four ringers – David Appleby, Emma Mason, Mike Short and Dave Payne – rang for the three minutes.

In Chatteris, the bells rang at St Peter and St Paul’s as they took part.

At Wisbech St Mary church, Canon Matthew Bradbury rang the carillon bells to join in the celebration.

The Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers are hoping the national focus on bellringing will encourage people to take up the hobby. They are particularly keen to attract young ringers, although it is suitable for all ages.

Anyone interested in learning to ring church bells can contact Philip Bailey in the first instance on 07968-788425 or e-mail billythebellringer@yahoo.co.uk