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Big Ben celebrates 150 years of chimes

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One of the most iconic symbols of Britain turns 150 on Saturday.

Big Ben, the great bell of the Palace of Westminster's clock, chimed for the first time on 11 July 1859 but the bell nearly lasted only two months.

Nick Higham reports.

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