Big Ben chimes again ahead of Armistice Day
The chimes of Big Ben started once again on Thursday in London after three months of silence due to restoration work, just in time for Armistice Day.
The bell began to chime exactly at 09:00. It chimes again this time to ensure that it strikes at exactly the right time for Armistice Day commemorations on the 11th hour on Saturday, followed by Remembrance Sunday the following day.
The clock will strike once per hour before falling silent again after 13:00 Sunday local time. It will ring again at the New Year.
However, British parliament has warned that the first chime may not be an accurate time. They have suggested that locals not set their watches by the Big Ben.
“I walk across this bridge every morning, and every day I look up at Big Ben and hear it chime at nine o’ clock, which is fantastic. It is a testimony to British history and the British Empire and we hope for a fantastic future for Britain,” said a London resident.
The Great Bell weighs 15 tons, is 2.2 meters high and 2.7 meters in diameter. The hammer that strikes the bell each hour weights 200 kilograms.
The bells in the Elizabeth Tower at the Palace of Westminster will not be heard again for four years, apart from rare special occasions, unless there is a change.