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Tower Bridge giving way to snapshots of Swinging Sixties London

PUBLISHED: 11:30 27 March 2014 | UPDATED: 15:07 28 March 2014

1960s Rockers from the Scorpions biker group at Ace Cafe, North Circular Road, near Wembley

1960s Rockers from the Scorpions biker group at Ace Cafe, North Circular Road, near Wembley

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Tower Bridge is giving way to the colourful Swinging Sixties—but much of it in plain black and white.

Supermodel Twiggy in 1967 [Getty Images]Supermodel Twiggy in 1967 [Getty Images]

The world’s most iconic bridge is staging a photographic exhibition of Swinging London life in the 1960s.

The exhibition which opens to the public on Monday looks at the people, places, events and designs that epitomised the revolutionary decade, reflecting the huge political and social changes in Britain—the rise of Mods and Rockers, celebrity cults and hemlines on miniskirts.

The 1960s was also the age of the Profumo Affair involving the War Minister and call-girl Christine Keeler which brought down Harold MacMillan’s government.

The display in the West Walkway, 130ft above the Thames with its views across London, runs to the end of the year.

Peter Cook (right) and Dudley Moore, taken by film director Bryan ForbesPeter Cook (right) and Dudley Moore, taken by film director Bryan Forbes

It features 60 iconic images from pop stars to Prime Ministers, fashion designers to Formula One racing drivers and cutting edge architecture to political activists.

They include Twiggy, Mary Quant, Michael Caine, Peter Sellers, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Mods and Rockers, the Aldermaston marchers, Harold Wilson, John Surtees, Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill and more.

One highlight is a rare snap of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore by producer and director Bryan Forbes for a publicity shot for his 1966 film ‘The Wrong Box’. Tower Bridge is making a donation to the Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of Forbes, who died last May aged 86.

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