Fort Victoria’s Bell is rung

The bell presented by RFA Fort Victoria is rung

Sea cadets in Barnsley, Yorkshire joined in a unique occasion at 8.12am on Friday, 27 July 2012, as a three-minute chorus of bells signaled  the start of the London 2012 Olympics.

Led by their commanding officer Chief Petty Officer Caroline Devonport, six sea cadets aged 12 to 17 rang the ship’s bell presented by RFA Fort Victoria and which is kept on permanent display at Barnsley Town Hall following the adoption of the ship by the borough in 1992.

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Barnsley’s ‘All the bells’ celebration on the Town Hall steps is part of the cultural Olympiad and it was among hundreds of such events taking place simultaneously across Britain.

CPO Caroline Devonport said it was great for the sea cadets in Barnsley to take part in such an event.

“It’s a great time to be a sea cadet with the unit’s 70th anniversary on 1 September and the 20th anniversary of the unit and town’s affiliation with RFA Fort Victoria,” she said.