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Time standing still for Big Ben.

BIG BEN was today being stopped for maintenance work, which will include retuning.

The famous clock will be stopped from after the 0800 chimes until about 1600 tomorrow.

It is the longest stoppage since 1983.

The move is to allow in-house engineers to carry out a thorough planned inspection of the clock in conjunction with specialist testing engineers.

Engineers from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry will also replace the rubber hammer buffers on three of the four quarter bells and the hour bell.

This is routine replacement of parts. The engineers will also need to retune the bells, which may take several hours.

The work is part of a comprehensive maintenance review and is intended to form the basis of a new five and 10-yearly maintenance regime to ensure continued reliability into the foreseeable future.

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CLOCKING OFF... The famous chimes will cease until tomorrow afternoon, the longest stoppage in more than 20 years
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 29, 2005
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