Churches across the UK and British embassies around the
world got into the spirit of the bell-ringing extravaganza,
devised by artist Martin Creed as part of a 12-week programme of
cultural events celebrating the arts alongside sport.
People were encouraged to ring any kind of bell — from a
church, a bicycle, a door and even a mobile phone as the
harmonious ringing spread from Wales in the west to Weymouth in
One of the biggest bells taking part was London’s Big Ben in
parliament’s clock tower, the first time it has rung outside its
regular hours since the funeral of King George VI in 1952.