Big Ben Bongs Again to Mark Start of Christmas, New Year Season

The Elizabeth Tower, which houses the Great Clock and the ‘Big Ben’ bell, is seen above the Houses of Parliament, in central London, Britain August 14, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

The chimes of London’s iconic Big Ben, the bell that marks time in the clock over the Houses of Parliament, rang out again on Saturday after being silenced for restoration work.

The bell will carry on tolling through the festive season until lunchtime on New Year’s Day, according to Reuters news agency.

Big Ben was taken out of action in August as part of a controversial renovation plan of Elizabeth Tower, which houses the clock. Authorities in the House of Commons said it would not be safe for contractors to work so close to a loud bell.

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SOURCE: CNN, Laura Smith-Spark