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Legoland Windsor is carrying out repairs on its mini Big Ben to coincide with the Westminster clock tower’s four-year maintenance work. 

The theme park, which features mini Lego models of landmarks from across Europe and the USA, said it is taking advantage of real Big Ben’s maintenance work to carry out its own repairs.

“In an entertaining imitation of its real life counterpart, Legoland will also be silencing the daily chimes from Miniland’s three-metre tall Elizabeth Tower,” the park said in a statement.

“However, it will be music to visitors’ ears to hear that the mini-maintenance of Legoland’s 61,200 brick Elizabeth Tower will take just four days, being 32 times smaller than its namesake. 

Big Ben’s final dong at midday today. (Jeremy Selwyn)

“Following the small scale repairs, the Miniland Big Ben will continue to bong during the four years of silence from the real Big Ben.”

Crowds began gathering outside the Palace of Westminster on Monday morning to hear the final bongs of the Elizabeth Tower.

The bells sounded for the final time for four years ahead of a multi-million pound refurbishment to renovate the clock tower. It is feared the loud bongs could damage workers’ hearing.

The move sparked controversy among a small minority backed by Theresa May, who called on the House of Commons Commission to rethink the plans.

But a spokeswoman for the Commons confirmed to the Standard that the bells will still ring in the New Year and toll for Remembrance Day, as well as any other important national events.

The four-year quiet spell marks the longest time in the tower’s 157-year history that it will fall silent.


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