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Big Ben will stop ringing at noon on August 21, falling silent for most of the next four years while renovation works are carried out, the British House of Commons said on Monday.
The hammers which have struck the 13.7-tonne bell in the British Parliament's famous clock tower every hour for most of the last 157 years will be locked and disconnected from the clock.
However the bongs will still sound for important events, such as New Year's Eve celebrations
What I don’t understand is why they chose to use recordings of Big Ben on the news instead of using live chimes from another tower, with Nottingham being the option. I don’t know if Lincoln has a bell, presumably it does, but since the cathedral spire was the tallest structure in the world when built, surpassing the Great Pyramid of Giza, then it would certainly be of historical relevance. Personally, I’d rather the idea of live chimes than recordings.
originally posted by: Kandinsky
a reply to: TerryDon79
Boring news report #2
The Liver Building in Liverpool has the largest clock faces in England. Apparently they use a two pence piece as a weight to ensure it keeps time. It's an electric mechanism, but I was straight-faced told by its caretaker. He pointed at this 2p and I've never shaken the feeling he was taking the piss lol.