- Title: TOWER BRIDGE HAS CENTENARY PARTY
- Date: 30th June 1994
- Summary: LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 30 1994) 1.GVS FIREWORKS EXPLODING ABOVE TOWER BRIDGE 0.48 2.GV AUDIENCE LOOKING ON FROM RIVERSIDE 0.54 3.GV DATES "1894-1994" LLUMINATED IN FIREWORKS 1.05 4.PULL BACK TO GV TOWER BRIDGE AND DATES 1.16 5.GVS +WATERFALL+ SET OFF FROM TOWER BRIDGE 1.31 6.PULL BACK-TOWER BRIDGE AND FIREWORK DISPLAY 1.44 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Reuters ID: LVA9SAO2B76SKE8HWU1FPNAM6H5
- Story Text: London threw a 100th birthday party for Tower Bridge on Thursday (June 30), complete with music and fireworks.
The bridge, which has come to symbolise the British capital, has undergone a year-long, five-million-pound ($7.5 million) refurbishment, with a fresh paint job, structural reinforcements and a new, hi-tech museum aimed at attracting tourists.
When the bridge was planned more than 100 years ago, it was meant as a direly needed crossing over the Thames. But its Victorian architects created a neo-gothic structure with twin turrets, dual walkways and plenty of blue and white paint.
Londoners and the world fell in love with it immediately and it ranks with Paris's Eiffel Tower and New York's Empire State building as an international symbol.
It has also been a hard-working construction. More than 40,000 cars, trucks and buses cross over it daily and its twin bascules, or lifting roadways, are raised several times a week for shipping traffic.
The City of London Corporation, which is responsible for the square-mile part of London that made up the ancient capital, estimates 500,000 people pay to visit the bridge's museum and inner workings.
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