Olympic Bell Peal

  • Author: admin
  • Date: Tuesday 7th August 2012
Olympic Bell Peal Olympic Bell Peal

The bells rang out for an unprecedented three minutes at Britannia Royal Naval College on Friday 27 July as the College played its part across the UK to mark the start of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The bells rang out over the Dart Valley as part of the Cultural Olympiad project entitled ‘All the Bells’. The project involved bells ringing simultaneously at 08.12 am across the country to celebrate the first day of the Games - from tower bells to hand bells, bicycle bells and doorbells.

At BRNC, Sub Lieutenant Nicola Williams rang the ship’s bell located on the College parade ground, while the Reverend Andrew Hillier and civilian staff member Paula Franklin rang the chapel bell.  The chapel bell rope was made and presented to the College in 2000 by Eddie Smale, a worker from Sandquay.  He used the colours of the Olympic rings to represent the Sydney games that year and also chose other detail to mark the new millennium.

Sub Lieutenant Williams said:  “With so many Naval Personnel committed to supporting the Olympics it was nice for me to play a small part here at BRNC.”

Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships at home or abroad joined in with the project as well as shore bases and naval establishments, including HM Naval Base Devonport and HMS Raleigh in Torpoint.   HMS Bulwark at sea in Weymouth Bay and HMS Ocean in Greenwich also played their part.  Both vessels have been tasked to support the Olympics.

The ceremony of all the bells echoes a long British tradition, with bells being run to celebrate historic events.  Two examples include the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen in 1953 and the end of the Second World War in 1945.

Return to listings