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Bells to ring around the Island to mark start of Olympics

Bells will ring around the Island today to mark the start of the Olympic Games.

The Diocese of Sodor and Man is following the UK’s lead and will ring in the start of the sporting event. 

In London Big Ben will chime more than 40 times between 8.12am and 8.15am as part of a spectacle arranged by Turner Prize winning artist Martin Creed. 

Mr Creed is aiming to set a world record for the most number of bells rang simultaneously. 

It’s also believed to be the first time Big Ben has chimed outside its regular schedule since the funeral of King George VI in 1952. 

The Island’s Bishop, Robert Patterson, said although it was a late-planned event the Island would be joining in at the same time as Big Ben. 

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