Opening of the New Bridge

Opening of the New Bridge

Benwick’s new bridge over the River Nene was officially opened with a grand community event.

The new steel support bridge, which replaced an oak structure from the early 1800s, was opened amid a festival atmosphere of barbecue and family games.

The bridge was replaced at a cost of £197,000 and was opened by Cambridgeshire County councillor John Clarke, joined by Benwick parish councillors.

Vice chairman Tony Richardson said the day was a well supported community event with refreshments, games and duck race.

He said the structure used to be the only bridge to Benwick over the Old Nene when it was first built so was an important access. Nowadays, however, it is mainly used by walkers or people going to the cemetery.

“Last year Benwick turned out in force for the Queen’s Jubilee and we though this was an ideal opportunity to recreate a community event for the village,” he said.

Joining the official opening were members of the Middle Level Waterman’s Club who were involved in the bridge project.

Also involved were a large number of Benwick’s organisations including scouts, cubs & beavers, Friend’s of Benwick School, Friends of Benwick Church, Sports Committee, Forget me not’s (over 60’s), Butterflies pre school, Benwick Residents Association, Village Hall Committee, Five All’s Public House and the parish council.

The day tied in with the anniversary of the opening of the Benwick bridge mooring and attracted a number of boats to the riverside.

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