DOZENS of people attended an afternoon of Christmas carol singing on unique surroundings at Newport’s Transporter Bridge today.

Around 20 youngsters from the Gwent Music Support Group, all aged between 13 and 19 years old, provided the music for all those who had braved the cold afternoon weather, as the lift went back and forth from one side of the river to the other.

David Hando, the former chairman of the Friends of Newport Transporter Bridge, said: “It’s been a wet, cold and miserable day with the weather but despite that the group have been playing merrily and everybody have been joining in.

“It’s just to publicise the bridge and the wonderful, iconic architectural structure we are so lucky to have here.”

Around 40 people watched the singing helping to raise £50 in collection money.

The Friends of Newport Transporter Bridge’s newly elected chairman, Nick Mutch, was unable to attend due to illness, but among those to have visited the carol singing were Newport councillor Noel Trigg and Newport West MP Paul Flynn.

After the event, Mr Flynn tweeted: “Just been singing carols on Newport Transporter Bridge gliding across river Usk into Arctic gale with Gwent Music Support Group and FONTB.”

Fanny’s Rest Stop cafe, located just opposite the bridge, provided visitors with hot coffee and drinks throughout the afternoon.

Money from a collection taken on the day will go towards the Gwent Music Support Group.