Princess Anne opens new Northside Bridge in Workington
Last updated at 21:32, Monday, 22 October 2012
Hundreds of people turned out today to see the Princess Royal open Workington's new Northside Bridge.
Making her way across the £11.2million bridge from the southern end, the princess met civic dignitaries, people involved the building project and the family of PC Bill Barker, who died when the original Northside Bridge collapsed in November 2009.
Children from St Patrick's Catholic Primary School and Northside Primary School cheered as the princess made her way across the bridge for the official opening.
The managing director of Balfour Beatty and Councillor Tony Markley, county council cabinet member responsible for highways, gave short speeches before the Rev Ian Grainger, vicar of Camerton, Seaton and West Seaton, blessed the bridge.
Her Royal Highness then unveiled a sandstone plaque marking the opening of the bridge.
After cutting a ribbon, the princess returned to her car and became the first person to be driven across the newly opened bridge.
She was followed by the Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria Sir James Cropper, a vintage bus full of children from Northside school and three cyclists.
First published at 15:08, Monday, 22 October 2012
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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