Big Ben — theclock bell of Britain's Parliament — was set to fall silent from Aug. 21 to protect workers during a four-year project.
Elizabeth Tower, whichBig Ben and its clock, is being restored in a £29 million (¥4.15 billion) repair project.
Big Ben is scheduled toregular service in 2021. This will be the bell's longest period of silence since it first in 1859. Parliamentary officials say they will ensure that the bell still sounds on major occasions, such as New Year's Eve. (AP)
The Japan Times ST: August 25, 2017