Giant bell to be installed in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

PUBLISHED: 18:00 15 August 2015

How the bell will look when it is installed in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

How the bell will look when it is installed in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


The iconic bell from the London 2012 opening ceremony is set to toll in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park once more.

The 23 tonne bronze bell was rung by Sir Bradley Wiggins to mark the start of the Games.

It is now set to become a permanent fixture in a new landscaped area to the north of the stadium.

David Goldstone, chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “It was a momentous occasion when Sir Bradley Wiggins rang the bell to signify the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games and it is only right that such a classic piece of London 2012 history should have pride of place in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”

Standing at two metres high, it has a diameter of over three metres and is the largest harmonically-tuned bell in the world.

It is inscribed with the words London 2012 and a line from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, which was spoken by Sir Kenneth Branagh during the ceremony.

Visitors will be able to view the bell up close from next year.

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