The sound of the Houses of Parliament clock chiming
the hour signifies a daily ritual for many a radio listener.
But the clock on the outside of St Mary's has been chiming
every fifteen minutes for well over 100 years, and I'm not aware of any previous vicars asking for the chimes to be turned off.
"If a person lived near Big Ben in London and complained about it chiming
, would the authorities stop it overnight?
CATH and Ian Mills haven't had a decent sleep for 14 years...because of the constant chiming
of the church clock.
The town council - which maintains the clock - in response has hand-delivered a questionnaire to 400 residents and businesses asking for their views about the clock chiming
every 15 minutes throughout the night.
The rector of Ebbw Vale was warned of prosecution when the clock started chiming
for the first time in seven years, after a pounds 600,000 restoration.