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Abseilers called in to clean Big Ben’s clock faces

Posted at 5:30 pm, August 19, 2014 in Fun London, News
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Now this is what you call a high-flying job. A team of four specialist abseilers are spending the week cleaning the clock faces of Big Ben, AKA the Elizabeth Tower (who actually calls it that?!).

The cleaners started the task on Monday and will spend the next few days cleaning each of the 96 metre-high tower’s four clock faces.

Big Ben was last given a scrub back in 2010. As well as ensuring all 312 pieces of pot opal glass are sparkling clean, the workers are going to be checking the dials for damage.

The hands of the clock have been stopped at 12 while cleaning work takes place, but the cleaners have to wear ear defenders because the giant bell is still chiming as usual.

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