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Somerset man helping to repair Big Ben

A man from Taunton will be working round the clock to help repair Big Ben. Photo: ITV News

A man from Taunton will be working round the clock to help repair Big Ben which now faces four years of vital repairs.

Ian Westworth will help to rebuild the five-ton mechanism inside the Westminster clock tower, which fell silent after chiming at lunchtime yesterday after 157 years.

Ian Westworth from Taunton will be working to repair the clock. Credit: ITV News

We are going to dismantle the entire clock mechanism - from the hands all the way into the clock mechanism itself. Take the clock totally apart, bring it all down the clock tower, work on it and repair any damage that we find on it. Then we will take it all back up again, reassemble it and hopefully it will work.

– Ian Westworth, clock mechanic
A Victorian mechanism triggers the iconic bongs. Credit: ITV News

A Victorian mechanism triggers the iconic bongs - it'll now be painstakingly dismantled for renovation.

Time won't stop though, a temporary electric motor will keep the clock going That has been the case for many for more than 150 years, even the Second World War didn't stop the chimes.

They will however be back for Remembrance Day and New Years' Eve.

I am going to miss the bells over the next 4 years. But, I won't miss having to wind them up every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

– an Westworth, clock mechanic