Olympics Opening Ceremony fireworks. Pic: Clive Totman

A new exhibiton celebrates a momentous year for the most famous bridge in the world.

From the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant to the Olympics and Paralympics, Tower Bridge has been in the spotlight as never before.

Now the 'Golden Legacy' exhibition celebrates the bridge’s remarkable year in pictures.

They include images of the raising the bascules for the Queen during the pageant and the Olympic Rrings and the Paralympic Agitos for the London 2012 Games.

The stunning new exhibition, runs from Friday until the end of January.

The display is being staged in the West Walkway alongside the 'Cities of the Modern Games' exhibition - pictures of all the host cities from the past 116 years which is currently on display.

Entry to both exhibitions is included in the admission price.

Among the higlights remembered at the Golden Legacy exhbition are:

The Jubilee Pageant when Tower Bridge was raised in full royal salute as the Queen’s barge, The Spirit of Chartwell, passed beneath.

The Famous Rings and Agitos: Five enormous rings 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.

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.

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.

More information on the Tower Bridge website

Story dated November 19th 2012

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