The 140-year-old London Bridge, transported into the Arizona desert to be a tourist attraction and reassembled across a spur of the Colorado river, was declared open on Sunday (10 October) by the Lord Mayor of London, Sir Peter Studd.
SV & CU Night time - guests arrive at reception
GV Fireworks in air (4 shots)
Day time - GV PAN people at London Bridge site
GV London Bridge with British and American flags
LV Lord Mayor of London arrives for opening ceremony
GV Balloons released (4 shots)
LV & GV Lord Mayor leaving
GV People walking on bridge (2 shots)
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Background: The 140-year-old London Bridge, transported into the Arizona desert to be a tourist attraction and reassembled across a spur of the Colorado river, was declared open on Sunday (10 October) by the Lord Mayor of London, Sir Peter Studd.
To add to the dignity lent the occasion by the presence of the Lord Mayor, Arizona farm hands dressed in medieval costumes in an effort to generate an air of historic accuracy -- but still looked out of place.
SYNOPSIS: Guests arrive last Sunday for a reception to mark the coming to the Arizona desert of London Bridge. More than 700 guests were flown in for the occasion, about 200 of them from the former home of the bridge, London. The biggest fireworks display ever held was part of the extravaganza. The bridge, bought for a million pounds sterling, was broken down into over ten-thousand numbered pieces and reassembled like a jigsaw puzzle across a spur of the Colorado river.
Spectators from hundreds of miles around arrived earlier for the grand opening. To add a bit of historical accuracy to the scene, some local farmhands donned medieval costumes. To add more accuracy, though of a different era, Indians paddled canoes past the bridge. But first they had to be taught to canoe.
To open the bridge, the Lord Mayor of London, Sir Peter Studd, complete with three-cornered hat and fur-fringed cloak.
As the bridge was opened, a hot-air balloon rose into the skies, releasing 3,000 pigeons and 30,000 helium balloons. It is hoped the bridge will become the centre of a vast area of tourism.
No expense was spared by McCuloch Oil Corporation, the people responsible. Apart from the initial one million sterling, almost another three million were spent for transporting the pieces over the ocean, and reassembling it. In the evening, guests were treated to the same menu as King William the Fourth in 1831 - lobster and roast beef.