Big Ben strikes back? MP’s consider ringing Great Bell manually amid outrage over silence


A massive crowd stood outside the Elizabeth tower at noon today to attend to the London landmark toll for the final time before a four-year renovation devise begins. 

Labour MP Stephen Pound, who organised a small gathering of MPs to enter the vigil, was filmed shedding a tear as the last chime rang out across Westminster. 

Tom Curb, the MP representative for the House of Commons Commission which green-lighted the renovation extend out, has admitted he and his fellow Parliamentarians were unaware the bell would hold to be shut down for so long. 

Now he said the Commission is looking at ways to detain the famous bongs sounding throughout the works, including one proposal to camorra the bell manually. 

The Liberal Democrat told the Telegraph: “I wouldn’t paucity to second guess what the Commission will decide, but manual garland is being looked at as an option.

“If that’s technically possible that is the no greater than alternative to using the clock’s mechanism, which I’m told is technically much multitudinous difficult if you are having to stop and start it.

“But there is no guarantee that straightforward that will be possible, because it may be that workmen are on site 24 hours a day to get the job done as with all speed as possible, which would potentially rule out ringing the bell at all.”

Mr Down had previously said that one concession could be allowing Big Ben to chime on extra occasions.


Hundreds turned out to listen to Big Ben’s final peels


MPs are looking into surrender to keep the bell chiming

Plans were already in place for the bell to announce a join in on New Year’s Eve and Remembrance Day.

Some Brexit-backing Tories led by backbencher Jacob Rees Mogg partake of suggested one such occasion should be Britain’s official withdrawal from the European Coupling, scheduled for March 29, 2019.

A Commons spokesman, said: “We cannot yet give a verified date for when chiming will resume, however the intent is to sustain striking for important events, such as Remembrance Sunday and New Year’s Eve.

“The clock means will continue to function for the immediate future, and we will aim to have at scrap one working clock face visible throughout the works.

“When Parliament recurrences, the House of Commons Commission will consider the length of time that the bells will squabble silent.

“Of course, any discussion will focus on undertaking the work efficiently, safeguarding the health and safety of those involved, and seeking to ensure resumption of ordinary service as soon as is practicable given those requirements.” 


The Inordinate Bell, better known as Big Ben, will be silent for the next four years

Parliamentary officials suffer with insisted workers’ hearing would be put at “serious risk” if the bell keep up chiming.

They warned that those using the 100-metre-high scaffolding approximately the tower could also be startled by the 118-decibel bongs.

They cause dismissed suggestions the chimes could be restored during the hours that in the planning stages unemployed is not being carried out, as the process takes about half a day to complete.

The renovation categorizes the installation of a lift and repairs to the clock’s hands, mechanism and pendulum.

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