Big Ben to be silenced

Britain’s most famous clock tower is to fall silent so that urgent repair work can be carried out at a cost of £29m.
Parliament says it has no choice but to stop the chimes of Big Ben, after 157 years of nearly unbroken service, to prevent its mechanism from failing.
The Elizabeth Tower, which houses it, will also be repaired during the three year project, which starts next year.
The clock will not be stopped for the entire three year period.