War bombs did big da­m­age to Big Ben

The Citizen (KZN) - - To Make Your Day -

Lon­don – Bri­tain’s Big Ben tower at the Houses of Par­lia­ment was more badly dam­aged by Ger­man bombs dur­ing World War II than orig­i­nally thought, ex­perts said yes­ter­day, as the bill for its restora­tion rose by nearly £20 mil­lion (R385 mil­lion).

The 177-year-old tower has been swathed in scaf­fold­ing for the past three years as crafts­men re­fur­bish its stonework and fa­mous 12ton clock.

Be­ing able to get close to the 96m tower has al­lowed them to spot other prob­lems like da­m­age caused by pol­lu­tion and as­bestos.

The House of Commons and House of Lords Com­mis­sions said they had been told that to re­store the tower to its pre­vi­ous splen­dour, the bud­get would need to rise from £61.1 mil­lion to £79.7 mil­lion.

Ian Ailles, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the House of Commons, said the task of restor­ing the tower had been more com­plex than an­tic­i­pated.

Al­though the tower sur­vived Nazi bomb­ing, its roof and di­als were dam­aged in a May 1941 air raid which de­stroyed the House of Commons cham­ber.

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