• Short Summary

    Near Lake Havasu City, in the barren dryness of Arizona, London Bridge has been rebuilt over an artificial river as the feature attraction of a tourist town with a British atmosphere.

  • Description

    1.
    LV of London Bridge in Arizona.
    0.10

    2.
    GV wall beneath bridge holding back water.
    0.16

    3.
    GV ZOOM IN to arch.
    0.28

    4.
    SV American, British and Arizona flags.
    0.32

    5.
    LV Crane and flags.
    0.37

    6.
    SV Excavators going beneath bridge.
    0.42

    7.
    LV Fountain and park beside lake (3 shots)
    0.56

    8.
    GTV and SV's people bathing in lake (2 shots)
    1.04

    9.
    SV Palm trees and British flag.
    1.15

    10.
    LV Framework for British-style pub under construction.
    1.22

    11.
    GV Lake and bridge
    1.26

    12.
    CU Souvenir sign
    1.30

    13.
    SV and CU souvenirs made from portions of London Bridge (3 shots)
    1.38

    14.
    CU certificate of genuineness and post-card.
    1.50

    15.
    CU Sign "London Bridge Restaurant"
    1.58

    16.
    LV and back view of London bus stopping on dirt road to pick up passengers (3 shots)
    2.21


    TRANSCRIPT: London Bridge has come a long way -- some ten thousand miles since John Rennie put it up over the Thames in 1831 Here it stands over a new and gradually increasing stretch of water nicknamed the Little Thames -- a channel 15 feet deep and 600 feet wide, dredged and bulldozed out of the wilderness to make a sort of playground island in the Colorado River and Lake Havasu. Side by side, the flags of Britain, America and Arizona fly together to emphasis the extraordinary link between London and Lake Havasu -- that journey of thousands of tons of granite to this particular place. It's a region which less than ten years ago was 26 square miles of sun-baked wild west. Now, though the pioneer sprite is undoubtedly here, it's a thriving community of eight thousand people.



    Tourism is a major industry, and with the gift of water on tap from a dam in the Colorado, the hostile barrenness is being made fertile. The unique connection with Britain is a selling point for the town, attracting people here either to buy homes or enjoy holidays. For example, a London pub and other replicas of British life are going up with city of London backing. The bridge itself is now hollow so the leftovers make thousands of souvenir pieces -- each and every piece authenticated with the signature of the City of London Engineer, reproduced on all single items. And for the bigger purchasers -- a certificate of genuineness saying the stone has borne the weight of every British Monarch and politician, and withstood the daily traffic of the British nation for over 136 years. The evidence of London is everywhere. Here for instance, you can eat a pudding called 'Lord mayor of london Lemon Whip', and if, by some remarkable twist of fate you need to take a bus in the desert, well, you can do it. What precisely the fare for sightseers will be, no one has yet worked out -- perhaps a dollar or so. Somewhat higher than the london rate, but after all, a rather different route.




    Initials VS/11.51 VS/12.13


    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:-This film is supplied with an English voice-on-film commentary of use if required.A transcript of the commentary is transcribed on this page.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Near Lake Havasu City, in the barren dryness of Arizona, London Bridge has been rebuilt over an artificial river as the feature attraction of a tourist town with a British atmosphere.

    To give the town a "London feeling", six London police boxes, two London buses, two London taxis, a number of ancient bridge and street lamps, and several other curiosities have also been exported.

    The bridge itself is now hollow. The leftover pieces (a British firm spent a year making new granite blocks to replace those beyond repair to give the structure its exact compliment of stone) are sold as souvenirs -- each and every piece authenticated with the signature of the City of London Engineer.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2XLKGM9A94SYPZNY6SVIP9U3A
    Media URN:
    VLVA2XLKGM9A94SYPZNY6SVIP9U3A
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/07/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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