Residents are being asked to get involved and ring out their bells for the launch of the Olympics on the morning of July 27.
At 8.12 am this Friday, exactly 12 hours before the start of the opening ceremony pre-show, Richard Major a local bell ringer will be ringing hand bells at County Hall, Loansdean in Morpeth.
Residents wishing to join in and ring a bell or those wishing to watch are being asked to congregate at the Viking monument at the entrance to county Hall at 8am.
Richard said: “ I will be bringing along over 20 bells so people are welcome to come along and join in, and if they have their own, they are encouraged to bring them too.”
“ People might have heard on the news that in London Big Ben is going to chime 42 times in the allotted three minutes and we want to join in and make our mark in Morpeth too.”
The Bell Ringing is featured as part of the cultural Olympiad, and anyone can take part - from experienced bell ringers to enthusiastic children with hand bells, bicycle bells. Individuals are even able to use their phone to get involved in the events.
The Olympic Bell Ringing performance is inspired by Turner Prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed and his Work No. 1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes.
Northumberland County Councillor Neil Bradbury, executive member for customer relations and culture, said: “This is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved and I urge residents to pick up a bell and ring it out loud for three minutes to mark the beginning of the 2012 Olympics.”
Martin Creed has said: “It’s by people and for people. On the morning of the opening of the Games it’s a massive signal that something is happening.”
The performance has captured the imagination of many organisations, including The British Army, The Royal Navy and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.