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Big Ben Bongs Silenced During Repair Works?
Essential repair work is now underway on Big Ben in London, with the clocks of the Great Bell to fall silent until 2021, when it’s hoped the work will be completed.
According to the BBC, Parliamentary authorities say that stopping the clock – which has sounded on the hour for some 157 years – will help to protect the workers carrying out the repair job. However, it will still chime for important moments like Remembrance Sunday and New Year’s Eve.
Scaffolding is now in place, with principal architect on the project Adam Watrobski telling the news source that new amenities will be installed in the landmark Elizabeth Tower, including a kitchen, toilet and a lift. The building is also due to be made more energy efficient.
A spokesperson did say: “After considering various options, we’ve decided that prerecording Big Ben’s chimes offers the most reliable and resilient option whilst the Palace of Westminster carries out its repairs.”
But now it seems as though the saga of the bells sounding isn’t quite over. According to the Daily Telegraph, Theresa May has come out and said that it’s wrong the bells won’t chime for the next four years. As such, officials are now reviewing whether it’s necessary for Big Ben to remain silent for such a long time.
The news source went on to note that MPs were not informed that the repair work would mean Big Ben would have to be shut down. If it is, this will be the longest period the clock has been silenced throughout its 157-year history.
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