The bell rings ahead of the London 2012 opening ceremony

27/07 Updated: 27/07 16:20

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All the Bells participants taking part in the London 2012 Festival project at Coventry’s London 2012 Live Site (s)

ONE hundred people in Coventry gave a ringing endorsement to the Olympic Games by taking part in a bell-ringing event to mark the day of the opening ceremony.

They were at the London 2012 Live Site, outside the Coventry Transport Museum, at 8.12am today to celebrate the first day of the Olympic and Paralympic Games by taking part in All the Bells, an event which was part of a new work by Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed.

It was part of the London 2012 Festival which saw thousands of people across the UK ring a bell as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes.

Tom Clift, operations manager, London 2012 at Coventry City Council, said: "It was great to see the people of Coventry demonstrating their enthusiasm for the Olympic Games by helping this city to play its part in creating this artwork.

"The Olympic Games is already well and truly underway in Coventry, with the Olympic Football kicking off in the city two days before the Opening Ceremony, so it is exciting to see London 2012 finally starting for the rest of the UK."

The London 2012 Festival is a 12-week nationwide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK, opening on Midsummer’s Day, June 21, and running until September 9, 2012.

It forms the finale of the Cultural Olympiad, the four-year programme of arts and cultural events celebrating London 2012 and in total, over 70 arts and cultural events are taking place over the summer in the West Midlands as part of the London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad.

The opening ceremony is on BBC One tonight from 9pm.

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