Most powerful man in the world had to give way to Gladys
Good to see that even a US President, no doubt with a huge retinue of security, has to recognize that a Thames sailing barge is more important:-
“Ships always have right of way. That fact was made clear in 1997 when Bill Clinton’s presidential motorcade was split crossing Tower Bridge to allow the Thames sailing barge Gladys to pass as scheduled. ‘We tried to contact the American Embassy, but they wouldn’t answer the ‘phone,’ said a Tower Bridge spokesman.”
Secret chuckle on reading this, which I found in a list of facts and figures about Tower Bridge. Here’s the link to the story.