Bells ring out in Sheffield as the long-awaited Olympics are finally here! WATCH VIDEO

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SHEFFIELD’S Millennium Gallery helped mark the start of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by ringing their enormous steel bells this morning.

The bells rang out at 8.12am as part of the ambitious nationwide artwork by Turner-prize winning artist and musician Martin Creed, who orchestrated the huge synchronized performance across the UK.

Millennium Bells   Members of the public were invited to ring bells in the Millennium gallery as part of the cultural olympics .

Millennium Bells Members of the public were invited to ring bells in the Millennium gallery as part of the cultural olympics .

Museums Sheffield was just one of thousands of organisations and individuals across Britain taking part in Martin Creed’s ‘Work No.1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes’.

Sheffielders who set their alarms early enough, also had the opportunity to ring a selection of bells from the city’s Social History collection, dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries.

Clara Morgan, currator of the Social History collection told The Star: “This is such a great occasion and a fantastic event in Sheffield, and around the country.

“People have been struck by just how lovely the bells are, smoe of them are incredibly ornate and they’re so old that we’ve asked people to wear gloves to handle them.

“Most of them haven’t rung soundly for many many years and they sounded absolutely beautiful.”

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