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London’s Big Ben to ring more than 40 times to celebrate the first day of the Games

Big Ben, the hour bell of the Palace of Westminster, will chime more than 40 times from 8.12am – 8:15am on Friday 27 July to ring in the Olympic Games. This is a historic occasion for one of the world’s most famous bells, as it is believed to be the first time that the strike of Big Ben has been rung outside its regular schedule since 15 February 1952 for the funeral of King George VI.

The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, said: ‘It is a sign of how special this summer is when one of the world’s most famous bells will ring outside its regular schedule so it can be part of this London 2012 Festival commission.’

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