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Sun Dec 29, 2019, 08:04 AM

Newly face-lifted Big Ben will ring in London New Year

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-britain-bigben/newly-face-lifted-big-ben-will-ring-in-london-new-year-idUKKBN1YX003

Newly face-lifted Big Ben will ring in London New Year

LONDON (Reuters) - Britainís Big Ben bell in parliamentís landmark clock tower will ring at midnight on New Yearís Eve, marking the start of a year for the first time since its new face was revealed from under scaffolding halfway through restoration work.

The 96-metre-tall Elizabeth Tower, one of the most photographed buildings in Britain, has been enveloped in scaffolding for the last two years as the four clock dials are reglazed, ironwork repainted and intricately carved stonework cleaned and repaired.
In March, part of the scaffolding was removed, showing that the clockís once black numerals and hands have been repainted blue, in line with what scientists say was its original color.

Since restoration work began in 2017, Big Ben has been largely silenced, sounding only for important events. It last tolled on Remembrance Day on Nov. 11.
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nitpicker Dec 2019 OP
James48 Dec 2019 #1
BlancheSplanchnik Dec 2019 #2
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Sun Dec 29, 2019, 09:19 AM

1. Such a British icon

Iím so glad they are finished restoring it.

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Sun Dec 29, 2019, 10:35 AM

2. Yay!

❤️Big Ben!

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Sun Dec 29, 2019, 10:52 AM

3. Should give hope to Steelers fans.

Big Ben will be back!

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Sun Dec 29, 2019, 10:59 AM

4. Looks stunning

All the new gold leaf, the stained glass restored and the blue hands and all the other details.

Thank God Thatcher's plan to privatise Britain didn't include selling off Westminster though there's no telling what Boris "trump lite" Johnson might do.

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