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Bridge 26A, Clarence Mill footbridge


Clarence Mill footbridge was opened by Cllr Mrs Margaret Simon, Mayor of Cheshire East, on a grey and damp Saturday morning, the 29th August 2009. Most of those who have been involved with the bridge from inception, negotiation, through design, construction and fund raising were joined by a large crowd of Bollington residents to celebrate the new bridge.

Warm words of congratulation and thanks were expressed by Mrs Simon, Cllr Mrs Shirly Sockett, Mayor of Bollington, Mrs Sandra Edwards, Chairman of Bollington Civic Society, and Rupert Beckwith-Moore, Managing Director Clarence Mill Ltd. Generous applause was given in recognition of the contributions to this project made by Graham Barrow, Bollington Civic Society, Noel James, CEC Bridge Engineer, Richard Doran, CEC Countryside Officer and Project Manager, Roy Winnard and Dave Pennington, Roy Winnard Building Services who erected the bridge, and Rupert Beckwith-Moore.

Thanks were received by Malcolm Bower, Secretary Macclesfield Canal Society, for the preparation and loan of the patterns* for the bridge number plates, 26A.

After enjoying a crossing of the bridge, and the excellent new views it offers of the canal and Clarence Mill, the invited quests retired to the Waterside Café to refreshments of morning coffee and a very fine collation of cakes and pastries.


Richard DoranGraham Barrow 
At last, after seven years of frustration, the footbridge across the canal at Clarence Mill, Bollington, is finally in place. Work started on Tuesday 19th May 2009 and took fifteen weeks. The project was carried out under the management of Richard Doran (left), Cheshire East Council (CEC) Countryside Officer, without whose persistence and tenacity this bridge would never have been built.

The bridge project has been strongly supported from the outset by Bollington Civic Society and the immense effort undertaken by Graham Barrow (right) in obtaining the necessary grants and keeping the relevant authorities on side must certainly be recognised.

The long and arduous story of this project may one day be told, but for now let us just celebrate the opening of this most valuable new facility on the canal at Bollington - we can finally cross the canal without getting our feet wet!

 Saturday 29th August 2009, the opening

Cutting the ribbon 
Cllr Mrs Margaret Simon, Mayor Cheshire East Council, cuts the ribbon!

Big crowd watching 
A big crowd of residents came to support the project. Many of these live up Clarence Road and in Clarence Mill and this bridge will at last give them quick and easy access to the recreational facilites of the canal towpath and the Recreation Ground without having to start and finish each outing along Clarence Road and Palmerston Street.

Cllr Mrs Shirley SockettMrs Sandra Edwards 
Cllr Mrs Shirley Sockett, Mayor of Bollington, (left) and Mrs Sandra Edwards, Chairman Bollington Civic Society, give their addresses.

First crossing 
The crowd enjoy their first crossing of the bridge while the guests stood for the moment to be recorded.

Top row, left to right - Sir Nicholas Winterton DL MP, Mr Rupert Beckwith-Moore, Clarence Mill Ltd.

Front row - Mrs Sandra Edwards, Chairman Bollington Civic Society, Cllr Mrs Margaret Simon, Cllr Mrs Shirley Sockett, Mayor of Bollington, Mr Martin Sockett, Mayor's Consort.

Dave Pennington & Roy Winnard 
Dave Pennington (left) and Roy Winnard who have so skilfully erected the bridge over the past fifteen weeks. They have been an absolute joy to have around and have made so many friends.

Thanks guys!

Malcolm & Mrs Judith Bower 
Malcolm Bower, Secretary Macclesfield Canal Society, making the first crossing with his wife, Judith.

Public crossing bridge  
The sun broke through just as the public tried out the new bridge for the first time.

Graham Barrow, Richard Doran, Thea Boddington 
Graham Barrow and Richard Doran discuss the great success of the day. The worst of the rain kept off, it wasn't too cold, all the guests arrived on time, there was considerable public support and the refreshments were delicious!

Earlier weeks' pictures are here.

* Bridge number plate patterns

The patterns are made of wood. The back plate and the numbers 2 and 6 were made many years ago by one of the founders and honorary life member of The Macclesfield Canal Society, Chris Beech. The original set didn't allow for the extra bridges with an alpha suffix, and so the letter A has been made especially for this bridge by the Bridgend Centre in Bollington. The patterns have been used to form the moulds to cast the bridge number plates in aluminium.