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.
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