Big Ben Stops – level 3
Big Ben, the world-famous clock that stands over the Houses of Parliament in London, has chimed for the last time before four years of restoration work begins. The bell will still ring during events such as New Year’s Eve and Remembrance Sunday, however.
This is not the first time in history that The Great Bell has ceased chiming – people stopped it for maintenance work between 1983 and 1985, and then again in 2007.
The Keeper of the Clock believes that this is a ‘crucial conservation project’, adding that it is an ‘international symbol of democracy’. Restoration on the Elizabeth Tower, which houses the world-famous clock, will cost taxpayers £29 million.
Difficult words: chime (ring), Remembrance Sunday (the Sunday nearest 11 November, when those who were killed in the First and Second World Wars and later conflicts are remembered; also called Poppy Day), cease (stop),crucial (very important, something that must be done).
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