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Big Ben Unveiled After An £80M Makeover

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There are many people who have been pleasantly surprised by Big Ben’s unveiling, one of London’s Famous Landmarks; equally, many people have also reacted at the £80 million spent on just “polishing Big Ben”. When the scaffolding was slowly being taken down from the clock tower, on the 31st of December at 12 in the afternoon, Big Ben rang its bell for the first time in four years. Now that a lot more has been revealed, we can see the bolder, shinier, and more polished result after years of work; specifically with the new blue accent on the clock.

2A7JFKR 05 September 2019, Great Britain, London: The flag of Great Britain blows in front of the clock face surrounded by scaffolding at the Big Ben tower clock. Photo: Waltraud Grubitzsch/dpa

Check out the reactions below:

Ian Westworth, one of Parliament’s team of clock mechanics, said, “It’s iconic – it’s probably the world’s most famous clock, and to have had our hands on every single nut and bolt is a huge privilege.”

Big Ben’s refurbishing was originally expected to cost £29 million, however, the price reached at least £80 million; taking five years to finish the project, it started back in 2017 and is expected to be fully completed in the second quarter of 2022.

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