The sound of bells ring out across the Meridian region in celebration of the Olympics. Tom Savvides has our round up.
The Reverend John Currin from St Andrew's church at Dibden Purlieu, near Southampton has dubbed his Olympic bell ringing event a resounding success!
About 25 people joined in with the bell ringing at Christ Church at Milton-next Gravesend in Kent. It was part of the national ringing of bells at 08.12am for three minutes to herald the start of the Olympic Games.
Portsmouth Naval Base resounded to the sound of bells today to herald the start of the 2012 Olympics. Bells on two warships alongside the base – HMS Illustrious and HMS Edinburgh - plus ones on HMS Victory and at the entrance to Nelson Gate were rung for three minutes from 8.12am.
The event was part of the Cultural Olympiad project ‘All the Bells’ involving as many bells ringing simultaneously across the country on the first day of the Games, exactly 12 hours before the opening ceremony.
The Bishop of Dorchester, the Right Reverend Colin Fletcher has praised the bellringers from
Drayton St Leonard Church in Oxfordshire for this morning's performance.