When viewing the impressive sight of Tower Bridge raising the bridge, the bascules
, it was the same company Cleveland Bridge responsible for major renovations to Tower Bridge some 20 odd years ago.
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Tucked away at the far end of Newcastle's quayside, Bascules
Bar and Bistro, once known as The Fog on the Tyne, overlooks the many boats and expensive houses and provides a peaceful setting for a good meal or chilled-out drink.
On average it is opened 900 times a year to let tall ships and cruise liners pass and although in bygone days, vessels would signal the bridge watchman to raise the two bascules
carrying traffic, today 24 hours notice is required.
A 41-gun salute echoed from the Tower of London to the excitement of the wellwishers and 40 minutes later the magnificent bascules
of Tower Bridge were lifted for the Royal Barge to sail through before it stopped so the royals could watch the rest of the boats go past.