London 2012: Tower Bridge gets new lights for Diamond Jubilee and Olympics

14:02 30 May 2012

Tower Bridge has been given a glittering makeover to mark the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics

Tower Bridge has been given a glittering makeover to mark the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics

The iconic Tower Bridge has been given a new state-of-the-art lighting system to mark the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

A glittering makeover has been given to one of the capital’s most recognisable sights to brighten it up and pick out its architectural features.

The new lights will get their first switch-on tonight.

Both static and coloured bulbs which vary in intensity will beam from the landmark where giant Olympic Rings and the Paralympic Agitos, the swirling symbol of the Paralympics, will shine during the London 2012 Games.

The 1,800 energy-efficient lights, which will be in place for 25 years, will shine white this weekend to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “Tower Bridge is already a global icon and this much-loved landmark is now even more spectacular thanks to a world-class illumination system.

“As London gears up for a summer like no other, this fantastic lighting makeover is another example of how the capital is benefiting from the Games.”

It is being funded through a deal between the Mayor, City of London and London 2012 sponsors GE and EDF.

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