Aug 21, 2017
By Andy Johnson
The break will allow workers to carry out much-needed maintenance to the Victorian clock and clock tower, but will deprive Londoners and tourists of one of the city’s iconic sounds.
Some lawmakers have criticized the lengthy silence, calling Big Ben an important symbol of British democracy. They want the time scale for repairs tightened.
Big Ben will be heard on special occasions such as New Years Eve before resuming regular timekeeping in four years.