Bells ring out across Portsmouth

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BELLS rang out across Portsmouth and surrounding communities this morning in a rousing celebration to mark the start of the London Olympics.

Dozens of people gathered in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, in front of the giant TV screen to ring in the games.

RINGING OUT David Baynes and wife Jackie from Portsmouth take part in the bell ringing. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (122504-9988)

RINGING OUT David Baynes and wife Jackie from Portsmouth take part in the bell ringing. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (122504-9988)

Many of them had brought handbells while others used their mobile phones to conjure up the sound.

At 8.12am precisely they joined the nation’s mass peal of church, civic and other bells, exactly 12 hours ahead of the start of the opening ceremony.

And the noise continued for three minutes with peals also sounding from Portsmouth’s Anglican Cathedral, St Peter’s at Soberton, All Saints’ at Catherington, St Peter and St Paul at Hambledon and St John the Baptist in Shedfield.

St Mary’s Church at Alverstoke will also take part, but will ring its bells tonight.