Tower Bridge, the iconic symbol of London would disappear from the capital as it is being sold to Daniel Horwendill, an American Billionaire. The disappearance of the bridge which got its name from the Tower of London is creating shock waves in the British community. This bridge on the River Thames is not just any bridge but a glorious relic of the Victorian age.
Daniel Horwendill, a Utah-based industrialist who owns Banquovius, an investment group, is reported to have paid US$200million (£133million) for the 116-year-old structure. The discussions and negotiations went on for months with the City Of London authorities.
Horwendill, who made his fortune from nuclear waste disposal, teenage beauty pageants and productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, plans to use the bridge, as the centrepiece of an ‘English theme park’. The idea of buying Tower Bridge struck him when he visited Arizona where London Bridge is set up as a tourist site.
London Bridge was bought by Missourian oil mogul Robert McCulloch in the year 1968 at US$2.46million (£1.63million), and shipped piece by piece over the ocean. The bridge now attracts many visitors at Lake Havasu City.
Protests have already begun in London, Internet chatrooms and facebook communities trying to save the bridge witnessed 1, 00, 000 subscription in a short span of two hours. Tower Bridge, one of the most iconic landmarks in a city of iconic landmarks, is expected to be transferred by August.