Big Ben is to fall silent until 2021 to allow for urgent repairs to take place to the Elizabeth Tower. The bell sounded for the final time today until the work was completed, although it will still ring for important events such as Remembrance Sunday and New Year’s Eve.
Stephen Pound, the Labour MP for Ealing North, was one of a few MPs who stood to watch the last chimes and he said:
“This is a desperately sad moment and you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. I think it’s the passing of something that means a great deal to a great many people – certainly to my constituents. It’s an elegiac moment of sombre sadness as the bells cease”.