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Special event to mark anniversary of city landmark

Posted on Monday 2nd September 2019

Newport's Transporter Bridge was opened 113 years ago next month and the anniversary will be marked with an extended opening.

The event takes place on Thursday 12September from 5pm to 8.30pm and people can take gondola rides until 6.30pm or walk along the top until 8pm.

Community choir Cascapella will be performing at 7pm and pizza company Barrio and Lewigi will be among those having a stall for the occasion.

Led by Sarah Harman, Cascapella will perform her Steel Threads, a suite of songs she composed to celebrate the bridge's 100th anniversary. It will be the first performance of the complete suite.

Prices are the same as normal - £4 for adults and £3 for children - and there is no need to book.

Councillor Debbie Harvey, Newport City Council's cabinet member for culture and leisure, said: "This promises to be another magical evening at the much-loved bridge which has played such an important role in the life of the city for more than a century - firstly, as an important transport link and more recently as a popular attraction."

In 2018, the council was awarded £1 million for the first part of a National Heritage Lottery Fund bid for a project to protect and develop the bridge. If the second stage is successful, it will secure £10 million from HLF to create a new visitor centre as well as maintaining and repairing the bridge.

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