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BIAS News Archive Clifton Suspension Bridge

Maggie Shapland
Medway Queen suspension bridge
Medway Queen, restored in Bristol going under the Bridge on the way back to Gillingham, Kent 31 October 2013
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Inside the vaults
Balmoral suspension bridge
8 June 2014: MV Balmoral, going under the Bridge on the way back to Bristol after receiving her 5 year Maritime Coastal Inspection certificate at Sharpness

The iconic Suspension Bridge features in many of the news items so I have created a special page so you can find them easier.
The following news items are listed with the latest items first.

Tower Restoration Works

14 and 15 March 2015: Scaffolding starts being erected. TOWER RESTORATION WORKS DETAILS
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The two majestic towers which support the Clifton Suspension Bridge are set to undergo important restoration works. The masonry will be cleaned and repointed, and repairs carried out to the roof structure, the drainage and the access ladders. Clifton side to be completed by October, Leigh Woods side by 2016.

Road Closures Suspension Bridge Road Closures and celebrations

Saturday 6 December Living statues, street theatre, music

Sunday 7 December 2015 Fireworks

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Monday, December 8 is the anniversary itself
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Evening Post firework video

2014 Suspension Bridge celebration

150 years ago on May 7 1864, the suspension chains were completed, joining the two sides of the Avon Gorge permanently for the first time.
Wednesday 2 July 1864, the last of the cross girders was fixed in the centre of the bridge, and a small party was allowed to pass over on planks placed accross the girders.
Monday, December 8, 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the official opening of Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Sunday 7th December at 7pm will see a spectacular display of fireworks. Monday 8th at 3pm will see a procession of dignatories walk across the bridge to the new Visitor Centre. The new Heritage and Learning Centre will open on the west side of the Bridge.

Planning permission was granted in Autumn 2012. Construction works started in October 2013 It is planned to open the new Centre in December 2014, to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the opening of the bridge.

Suspension bridge centre
Picture taken 6 Dec 2013
Suspension bridge centre
Picture taken 1 April 2014

2014 Clifton Trader Protests

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