Saturday, 13 August 2022

Bridge back in business

HUNDREDS of people crammed on to Whitchurch toll bridge when it re-opened on Friday.

David Card drove his 1902 de Dion Bouton over the listed iron bridge to mark the completion of an 11-month refurbishment project costing almost £6 million.

In the passenger seat was 86-year-old Nigel Grove, who has lived off High Street for 51 years and believes he has used the crossing more than 20,000 times.

He said: “It was a great honour to take part in the ceremony. It was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a part of history in the making.”

Christopher Delacombe, a descendant of one of the men who built the first bridge at Whitchurch in 1792, rode in the back seat with Andy Cranstone from Barclay’s, the bridge company’s bank.

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