In 1967, the Common Council of the City of London placed the Bridge on the market. On April 18, 1968, the Bridge was sold to American entrepreneur (and Lake Havasu City businessman and founder) Robert P. McCulloch of McCulloch Oil for $2,460,000. When casting his bid for the Bridge, McCulloch doubled the estimated cost of dismantling the structure, which was $1.2 million. He added $60,000, $1,000 for each year of his age at the time he estimated the Bridge would be raised in AZ. His gesture earned him the winning bid, and the rest, as they say, is history!
Please join the community in celebrating this historic occasion! Governor Jan Brewer, Mayor Mark Nexsen, and other elected officials will be on hand to make opening remarks. The re-dedication will be a factual, yet lighthearted description of the story of the London Bridge and its move to Lake Havasu City. Actors representing Robert P. McCulloch, the Lord Mayor of London and other dignitaries in attendance in 1971 will be interviewed by "reporters" and more fun things will be in store.
Rededication Ceremony Schedule:
4:45 p.m. - Dignitaries and participants assemble at the Visitors' Center for the opening procession
5:00 p.m. - Big Ben strikes 5 times (Heidi Bybee - keyboard)
5:00 - 5:10 p.m. - Singing of two national anthems as procession moves from Visitors Center to stage
5:10 - 5:15 p.m. - Introductions and opening remarks
5:15 - 5:25 p.m. - Governor Jan Brewer
5:25 - 5:30 p.m. - Proclamation by Mayor Nexsen
5:30 - 5:40 p.m. - Introduction of historical London Bridge and explanation of "heads"
5:40 - 5:55 p.m. - Purchase, reconstruction, and move of London Bridge re-enacted
5:55 - 6:10 p.m. - Loving Cup Ceremony
6:10 - 6:15 p.m. - Closing and Invitation to all to Martini Bay patio at the London Bridge Resort for complimentary anniversary cake
If you missed the first dedication in 1971, be sure to make plans to be part of this one!
Under the London Bridge - English Village
420 English Village
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403