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NEW "Golden Legacy" Exhibition Celebrates Tower Bridge's Remarkable Year

Tower Bridge’s Fabulous Finale for 2012

From raising its bascules for Her Majesty the Queen to pass through at the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant in June to displaying the Rings and the Agitos this summer for the Games, Tower Bridge has been at the forefront of celebrations during 2012. A stunning new exhibition, which runs from 23rd November 2012 to 30th January 2013, will celebrate this momentous year, with a selection of the most iconic images of the past twelve months.

The “Golden Legacy” exhibition will be held on the West Walkway and accompany the hugely popular “Cities of the Modern Games” exhibition of all the host cities from the past 116 years which is currently on display. Entry to the “Golden Legacy” exhibition and the “Cities of the Modern Games” exhibition is included in the admission price.

“Golden Legacy” Exhibition Highlights:

• The Diamond Jubilee: On 3rd June Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was celebrated with a spectacular Thames Pageant. The procession of over 1,000 vessels, the largest such event on the Thames for 200 years, was attended by tens of thousands of people lining the riverside in London and watched by millions worldwide. At 16:30, Tower Bridge was raised in full royal salute as the Queen’s barge, The Spirit of Chartwell, passed beneath the mighty bascules.
• The Famous Rings and Agitos: Five enormous rings were floated down the Thames by barge and then attached to the underside of the Walkways. These had to be designed in such a way that the Bridge could still be raised. An ingenious system allowed them to be folded away every time the Bridge was raised for a river vessel. These were later replaced by the Agitos.
• A selection of GB’s Gold Medallists: A showcase of Team GB’s outstanding achievers, including athlete Jessica Ennis, cyclists Bradley Wiggins, Sir Christopher Hoy and Victoria Pendleton, swimmer Ellie Simmonds and tennis star, Andy Murray.
• The Opening and Closing Ceremonies: As part of the torch route, GB’s under 16s ladies football captain Jade Bailly made her way up the Thames, under Tower Bridge, in a speedboat driven by football superstar David Beckham. And to round the occasions off, fireworks were released from the high-level Walkways and bascules.
• Tower Bridge Dazzles in 2012: The stunning lighting effects that were put on during the numerous celebrations this year not only looked fantastic, but resulted in a 40% saving in energy consumption!

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Notes to Editors:

Tower Bridge Exhibition is open every day¹ from 10.00am to 6.30pm (April-Sept) and 9.30am to 5.30pm (Oct-March) with last admission half an hour before closing. Admission prices for Tower Bridge are adults £8, children aged 5-15 £3.40, under 5s free and concessions £5.60. More information on family and group tickets can be found at
¹ Except 24-26 December; open from 10am on 1 January
² Except 24-26 December and 1 January

High-resolution images are available on request:

Media contacts:

Francesca Collin at Aneela Rose PR
Tel: 01444 241341