YouTube Newport stars to perform at Transporter Bridge opening

PERFORMANCE: One of the stars of YouTube hit Newport (Ymerodraeth State of Mind)

PERFORMANCE: One of the stars of YouTube hit Newport (Ymerodraeth State of Mind)

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THE stars of YouTube hit Newport (Ymerodraeth State of Mind) are set to perform at the opening of the city’s iconic Transporter Bridge on Friday.

Alex Warren, 24, and Terema Wainwright, 25, who play Jay Z and Alicia Keys in a spoof version of the number one hit New York Empire State of Mind, will recreate the internet sensation live at the bridge which features in the song's lyrics.

The team behind the popular video, which has now been viewed more than 1,381,000 times on YouTube since last Monday, will meet Newport mayor Cllr Bill Langsford, who will officially open the landmark structure on the Pill side at 10.30am. Council leader Matthew Evans, said he looked forward to welcoming the performers to the city this week.

He said: “This witty, gritty and imaginative song has got everyone talking about Newport in what is a special year for the city and I hope it becomes a big hit when it is released as a single.”

The bridge, which is one of only a few operating transporter bridges in the world, will welcome passengers for the first time in two years after the completion of a £1.2 million restoration project.

The scheme, funded by the Assembly, Cadw and the council, saw the replacement of high level rails that support the travelling gondola and painting the high level boom and both towers, after it was closed in 2008 due to safety concerns.

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