The chimes of Big Ben will chime for the last time next Monday before going silent until 2021 due to repairs.
— Commons Press Office (@HoCPress) August 14, 2017
The London landmark has been tolling the time since 1859. It was last refurbished in 2007 and from 1983-1985 before that.
— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) August 14, 2017
While the entire structure is commonly referred to as Big Ben, it is actually composed of four parts: Elizabeth Tower, the Great Clock, the quarter bells, and the Great Bell (which is popularly known as Big Ben).
Big Ben's famous bongs will sound for the last time next Monday before major conservation works – regular bongs won't restart until 2021! pic.twitter.com/IE7sltSAhS
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) August 14, 2017
The bells will still toll for special events, such as ringing in the new year.
FYI Big Ben will still 'bong' on important national occasions such as Remembrance Sunday and New Years Eve.
— PARLY (@ParlyApp) August 14, 2017
Britons and fans took to Twitter to share their reactions and memories.
This is heartbreaking. I once lived in a flat near Big Ben and found its chimes enormously comforting. https://t.co/JaaT8QapPh
— Jim Edwards (@Jim_Edwards) August 14, 2017
— RKZ (@RKZUK) August 14, 2017
— Anisa Subedar (@TheAnisaSubedar) August 14, 2017
If they're disconnecting Big Ben from the clock mechanism, perhaps they could rig it up so it tweets a cute cat picture every hour instead.
— Chris Allcock (@taskbaarchitect) August 14, 2017
I’m just surprised no one tweeted this gem from Back to the Future: