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GOSPORT bell ringer Lesley Ward says she is pleased nearly 3m people across the UK took part in a national event to ring in the Olympics.

More than 2.9m people helped ring in the start of the London 2012 Olympics on July 27 as part of the Work 117: All The Bells event by artist Martin Creed, including gatherings in Gosport and across Portsmouth.

Everyone who took part was asked to ring a bell for three minutes at 8.12am.

Lesley, of the Gosport Going 4 Gold group, said: ‘We felt that we were celebrating the start of the Olympic games together.

‘It allowed ordinary people, miles away from the centre of London, to mark the opening.

‘I am pleased to hear that so many people took part in the bell ringing across the nation.’

VisitEngland said about 22 per cent of the population attended the Olympic torch relay.

The torch attracted huge crowds in Fareham, Gosport and Portsmouth on July 15, and more than 65,000 people saw it on Southsea Common that night.