Saturday, 4 December 2021

Big Ben chimes once again after a three-month break

Big Ben

LONDON: The famous ‘bongs’ of Big Ben were heard again today for the first time in almost three months.

The chimes resumed at 9am following an 11-week break for essential conservation work.

But people have been advised not to set their watches by the chimes just yet as parliamentary authorities expect ‘slight inaccuracies’ as it gets restarted.

Clockmakers are due to work through the day adjusting the bells to ensure they strike at exactly the right time for Armistice Day commemorations on November 11 and Remembrance Sunday then next day.

The bells will then be disconnected again after sounding at 1pm on Sunday, November 12.

Big Ben fell silent on August 21 in preparation for works on the Elizabeth Tower, which are expected to last four years.

But it was made clear it would be restarted for important national events.

Its chimes are set to resume on December 23 for the Christmas period and will fall silent again at 1pm on January 1.

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