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The bridge was officially opened on 6 June 1921 by George V, accompanied by Queen Mary.There had been suggestions that the new bridge should be renamed as either the Victory Bridge or the King George Bridge, but the King requested that it retain its old name. The bridge cost -£375,000 to build, all of the money coming from the funds of the Bridge House Estates.

Soon after the new bridge opened, the LCC again asked for permission to run a tram route over it, instead of stopping at the terminus on the south side of the bridge, and thus offering a more comfortable journey for thousands of City workers. This time the City gave its permission, probably because the bridge leads to a dead end, as they would not have allowed trams to drive through the City itself. On 14 July 1925, when the extension was officially opened, the Lord Mayor drove the first car over the bridge, and later the same day normal services began.The service terminated in the early 1950s, when trams were replaced by bus services.
In August 1972 Southwark Bridge was crowded with thousands of spectators watching the first tightrope walk across the Thames. Franz Burbach had failed in a similar attempt a year earlier, but this time he got across with no difficulties, though a twenty-five-year-old woman who decided on the spur of the moment to follow him was not so lucky. She tried to swing across by hand but fell into the Thames and had to be rescued.

Southwark Bridge (part three)

The present Southwark Bridge.

In the early hours of 20 August 1989 one of the worst disasters on the Thames happened at Southwark Bridge. A 90-ton pleasure cruiser, the Marchioness, packed with young party-goers, was sailing downstream towards the bridge, when it was hit by a 2,000-ton dredger, Bowbelle, which was travelling in the same direction. The dredger ran right over the Marchioness, which sank in less than a minute. Fifty-one people, mostly young, died in the accident. There is a memorial to the victims in nearby Southwark Cathedral. Following the disaster, a number of improvements were made to safety on the Thames, including the setting up of the first liteboat service on the river in 2002.

On the north bank beside the bridge is Vintners' Hall, the home of the Vintners' Company, one of the twelve 'great' livery companies of the City. They share the ownership of swans on the Thames with the Dyers' Company and the Crown, and every year in July they take part in the traditional ceremony of Swan Upping, an annual census of swans, in which the cygnets are identified and marked as belonging to one of the three owners.The Swan Markers used to set off from Vintners'Wharf beside the bridge, but now they operate only between Eton and Abingdon.

It should be noted that, unlike London Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge, Southwark Bridge does not have silver dragons at its southern end to mark the City boundary. This is because the first bridge was built privately and not by the Bridge House Estates, so the boundary still runs across the centre of Southwark Bridge.
Today Southwark is still the Cinderella of London's bridges, with the least traffic. It has never had good approach roads, and it does not lead anywhere useful in either direction. As a member of the Metropolitan Board ofWorks said in 1856, it was'like Punch's railway, it came from nowhere and went nowhere'. It is often said that if you find yourself on Southwark Bridge, you are probably lost, though it does provide a very useful dropping-off space for coaches taking visitors to the Globe Theatre.

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