Newport's Transporter Bridge goes back in time
9:47am Monday 19th August 2013 in News
A HISTORICAL day took place at Newport’s Transporter Bridge yesterday with an Edwardian-style dress code.
Volunteers dressed up in clothing from the Edwardian era to coincide with the date the landmark was built in 1906.
The aim of the day was to create a flavour of what the bridge would have been like when it was built and to celebrate the city’s industrial heritage. Food stalls, gifts and a karaoke were among the attractions, along with the bowler hats and aprons.
Carrie Bird, of volunteer-led Friends of Newport Transporter Bridge, was one of the organisers of the event.
Ms Bird, who became involved in voluntary work two years ago, said: “It’s a landmark, and it’s ours.
“Newport is in a very sorry state at the minute and we haven’t got that many things like this to be proud of. We want to see it run for another 100-odd years and more.
“I’m hoping it will pick up even more during our next one on the Bank Holiday.”
Mike Lewis, museum and heritage officer in Newport, commended the volunteers’ efforts.
He said: “It’s a great voluntary effort. This is probably the most iconic structure in Newport and it’s a good opportunity to promote the bridge.
“There are only six like this one operational worldwide so it’s fantastic and something for the people of Newport to be proud of.”
The event also honoured Godfrey Morgan, the 1st Viscount of Tredegar, who officially opened the bridge in 1906. This year marks the centenary of his death.
Jason Hibbert, who is a bridge engineer, visited the event with his two children.
He said: “It’s so iconic and such a lovely structure.
“The kids have never been here before and I thought it was important for them to be able to see it up close."
Louise Wring added: “It has been very well advertised, because a lot of things go on in Newport and you don’t even know about them.
“We’ll definitely be coming back for the next one.”
The day will be repeated on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26, and will run from 10am until 5pm. The last opportunity to walk over the bridge will be at 4pm. Usual charges will apply.
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