6th July 2016 • Tower Bridge Blog
Happy Birthday Tower Bridge!
Last Thursday Tower Bridge turned 122 years old and we couldn’t let this pass by without a birthday cake!
Despite a Victoria Sponge being delicious, our celebrations were tiny in comparison to the giant party which took place on Tower Bridge’s opening day on 30th June 1894. The surrounding area was covered with bunting and flags and tiered seating was erected on both sides of the river so invited guests could get a good view of this engineering marvel open for the very first time. Those who were not lucky enough to get an invitation to the party packed the river banks or even floated in ferry boats to make sure they could be part of this historic event.
At just after 12noon, the bridge was ceremoniously opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales, while a band played the National Anthem and the crowds cheered and applauded. Passing through the bridge was a flotilla of vessels, all festively decked with flags.
After the bridge opened, all the workmen involved in the building of the bridge attended a special celebration meal in a marquee on the river bank and were given sweets and other souvenirs to mark the occasion – we like to think they would have enjoyed cake just like ours too!
Sophie, Education Assistant
Painting by Wylie, held at Guildhall Art Gallery