Up in the morning’s no for me, up in the morning early… but somehow I managed to get onto a train at 7:15 to make sure I was in good time for All The Bells in Edinburgh this morning at 8:12 (I hadn’t heard whether there was anything happening in Dunfermline or not and I knew a few people who were going to be at the Edinburgh event).
As I walked out of Waverley Station, there was a queue of people arranging themselves on the Scotsman Steps with a variety of interesting bells – my favourite was the colourful mobile that a family brought in. I forgot to bring a bell despite having a nice tiny quiet one at home! Many others had resorted to phones and ipads.
Unfortunately, I’m a wee bit of a delicate flower where loud noises are concerned, especially discordant ones, so I decided that a large echoey stairway with hundreds of bells was not the place for me. I stationed myself across the road instead, where I bumped into a few other people with the same idea.
Before it started for real, clearly people couldn’t resist giving their bells the odd tinkle, including the bloke who cycled past pingling his bicycle bell. But then there was a countdown and the bells started for real.
Although the mobile phone sound is poor, it does pretty much capture the effect. I was surprised that I could only hear the bells from the stairway, and not any church bells. Friends elsewhere in Edinburgh reported hearing nothing at all, which is a bit disappointing!
After three minutes, the bellringers streamed over the road for breakfast at the Fruitmarket – a job well done to bring in the Olympics and get us all excited for the festivals!