'Did it cost £500k on New Year?' – readers comment on calls to mark Brexit with Big Ben's chimes

Gazette readers think that £500,000 to make a bell ring is a waste of public money and ask whether it cost that much at New Year and on Remembrance Sunday?

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 2:59 pm
There have been calls for Big Ben to chime at 11pm on January 31 to mark Britain's departure from the European Union. Picture: Pixabay

There have been calls for Big Ben to chime at 11pm on January 31 to mark Britain's departure from the European Union.

In an interview on BBC Breakfast, Boris Johnson said the Government was working up a plan to fund the costs - and the public may be able to "bung a bob for a Big Ben bong".

We asked in our Facebook poll: “With an estimated cost of £500,000 to make it happen, would you like to see the bells ring out to mark Brexit?”

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More than 1,400 people took part in our online vote and 80% of readers don’t want to see Big Ben ring out on January 31, at 11pm.

Here’s what you had to say:

Agnes George said: “Pretty sure there'll be a recording of the bongs somewhere. Why should the public be expected to pay for it. Waste of more money.”

Tracy Dawson said: “A bank holiday for us all would be better.”

Janice Orrock said: “We’ve got the town hall bells why do we need Big Ben.”

Ann Woodward said: “All church bells throughout the land. Would that be cheaper?”

Steve Kinson said: “Did it cost that much on Remembrance Sunday?”

Ian Askew said: “Did it cost 500K on New Year?”