Thames Barrier Annual Closure
Of course, I’d totally forgotten this was on yesterday until about lunchtime. They do it every year – not for the benefit of the tourists (of which there were a fair few) but to make sure all the bits are working correctly. The whole barrier’s shut for an entire tide cycle, which creates a surreal ‘lock’ across the Thames. The giant gates, which are on a tilting system, slowly rise through the morning.
London side gets very low indeed; but the sea-side becomes like some sort of mill pond – including sleeping ducks:
Sorry about the pics, btw – borrowed camera that was far too posh for me. Thank heavens for the ‘automatic’ setting…