Bells will ring to welcome Olympics

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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BIG Ben and thousands of bells across the United Kingdom will ring out as loudly as possible for three minutes to welcome the London 2012 Games on Friday at 8:12 am.

Big Ben, the hour bell of the Palace of Westminster, will chime more than 40 times to ring in the Olympic Games.

It is believed that this will be the first time that the strike of Big Ben will been rung outside its regular schedule since February 15, 1952, when it was done for the funeral of King George VI.

“It is a sign of how special this summer is when one of the world’s most famous bells will ring outside its regular schedule so it can be part of this London 2012 Festival commission,” John Bercow, Speaker in the House of Commons said.

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