British Big Bang will stop on August 21 and the 13.7-tonne hammers will stop, the British House of Commons announced yesterday, and will remain so for most of the next four years during the repair work.
Bell Big-bell stopped working on top of every hour every day over the past 157 years although it has been working on exceptional occasions such as New Year’s celebrations.
“This basic work will save the clock for a long time to come and save the building it holds, the Elizabeth Tower,” said watchman Steve Giggs.
The Westminster Palace, on the edge of the Thames River, houses Parliament on the list of World Heritage Sites, one of Britain’s most popular tourist attractions. Gaga has encouraged the public to gather in the nearby parliament square to listen to the bell’s last bells before shutting down on Monday.