Rarely-used gallery bells ring in Sheffield games

Millenium Galleries joins nationwide bells project for the Olympics.'Curator Clara Morgan with the gallery bells.
Millenium Galleries joins nationwide bells project for the Olympics.'Curator Clara Morgan with the gallery bells.
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IT’S a sound few have heard before.

But after staff at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield city centre ring its enormous, rarely-used and ‘very loud’ Town Trust steel bells this Friday, it will be a sound few can forget.

For at 8.12am the gallery will join in a national synchronized performance across the UK to mark the start of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Award-winning artist and musician Martin Creed is asking thousands of people and organisations to ring all kinds of bells as quickly and loudly as possible for three minutes.

People are urged to attend the gallery off Arundel Gate from 7.45am on Friday to listen or ring bells.

Jon Bradley, Museums Sheffield’s communities manager, said: “The bells have been rung only a handful of times before, so we would love people to join us and hear them welcome the start of London 2012.”

The gallery bells date from 1866 and were made by Naylor Vickers and Company at their River Don Works on Brightside Lane.