AN OSWESTRY company has landed a prestigious order to supply brass hand bells to the London Olympic Games.
Black Country Metal Works has created more than 50 hand bells to be used by officials at the 2012 Olympics.
Based in Aston near Oswestry, the company has produced the bells to be used in the track, rowing and equestrian events at this year’s games.
The bells have been made out of molten brass which was moulded and lathed to give them a distinctive shape and tone. The handles are made out of hardwood and were waxed and sealed.
Clive Knowles, managing director, said: “We were fortunate to have a phone call asking for price quotes for hand bells. The call came out of the blue. This is the first time we have done anything like this. It is pretty exciting, it was quite a surprise really.
“It wasn’t about making money, it is about being part of the Olympics. It’s marvellous. We are delighted to be involved.
“We feel a huge sense of pride to be able to represent Oswestry through these prestigious International Games.”
The company has been going for 25 years and moved to Oswestry from the Midlands three years ago. It is a third generation family business and has doubled the number of employees in the last three years, now employing 20 people.
Mr Knowles said: “It is a great achievement given all the bad news of the economy. The company is going forward and in the next 12 months we may be able to get another five or 10 people.”
Black Country Metal Works is the second Oswestry company to win a contract to supply the Olympics in the past week.
Natural Welsh Water, based on the Maesbury Road Industrial Estate, will supply the Olympic Village with water coolers and water throughout the Games.