Large crowds gathered to watch the official opening ceremony of this impressive swinging bridge. The Bridge, designed and constructed by Osborne’s has taken just over a year to complete at a cost of just over £10 million. Money has been provided via a number of sources including Sustrans (the walking and cycling charity) and Heritage Lottery funding.
Dignitaries led by HRH The Duke Of Gloucester lead the first party across the river where they met residents from Shoreham Beach. 96 year-old Jack Lucking then led thousands of Shoreham residents across the bridge in the brilliant sunshine.
There was a real carnival atmosphere in Shoreham-by-Sea earlier today and the celebrations are ongoing with a firework finale scheduled for later this evening. Shoreham residents led by local school children are going to perform a massive Conga to celebrate the bridge’s opening.
This is an excellent, real life example of regeneration and although Shoreham beach residents have been without their footbridge for over a year while this new bridge was being built, there was real agreement amongst those that I spoke to that the wait had been worth it.