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Will the chimes of Big Ben ever ring again?

The famous bell has been mostly silent since August 2017 as it undergoes renovation work.

The renovation work is expected to last for four years, meaning the there will be no regular bongs until 2021.

Conscious that millions of tourists take photographs of the tower every year, the parliamentary authorities have stipulated that at least one of its clock faces should remain uncovered during the refurbishment. Plus, the much-loved bell will still sound for important events like New Year’s Eve and Remembrance Sunday.