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By The Associated Press
The Associated Press

Sheila Whysall doesn't specifically remember hearing the last special chiming of Big Ben in 1952, when the famed bell rang to mark the death of George VI.

But she knows that as a girl in Northern Ireland, her mother would have insisted that she listen to it on the radio.

So she was across the street from Parliament when Big Ben rang outside its usual quarter-hour duties for the first time on Friday in 60 years to welcome the Olympics.

The two and a half minute ringing blended with traffic noise and the ringing of small bells wielded by spectators.

People across Britain were urged to ring everything - doorbells, bike bells, there was even a smartphone bell app - at twelve minutes past eight. "Big Ben is London," says Whysall.

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