Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Day in the Life Of.Millennium Bridge

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Day in the Life Of.Millennium Bridge

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Byline: By Ellie Lambert and Anthony Walker

The Millennium Bridge is one of Tyneside's most famous landmarks. ELLIE LAMBERT and ANTHONY WALKER spoke to people drawn to the impressive structure throughout the day.

IT'S 11am and already the sun is shining on the bridge and the tourists are out in force.

The bridge is quick to impress the visitors for the first time today as it slowly opens its eye for the passing ferry packed with holidaymakers.

Everyone watches in awe for 10 minutes before the bridge smoothly drops back into place.

The Pallister family were very impressed by what they saw.

Doris, 71, said "It was very good to see the bridge go up. I like coming down here for a good day out." The rest of the family; Luda, 34, Katia, 13, and Kirill, 9, nod in agreement.

Further along the bridge, Colin and June Hunter are enjoying the view. The couple, on holiday from the Isle of Tiree, off the west coast of Scotland, think the city is very interesting.

Colin said "We were impressed and fortunate to see the bridge opening. We have family living here and Tyneside seems to be the place to be." We talked while watching a tower crane expertly position a large sheet of glass on to the Sage Music Centre. Both agreed that the redevelopment of the city was something to be proud of.

We stopped for a spot of lunch in the midday sun as many more people milled around The Baltic. Running, jumping and skipping, the kids seemed to be having a brilliant time exploring the bridge.

We met Douglas and Pauline Leslie, from Whitley Bay, enjoying lunch on the bridge. "We take great delight in bringing our family down here." They had brought their cousin Bill Bentley all the way from Swansea just to see the Quayside. Pauline said "It's just a great day out on days like this admiring all these fantastic bridges.

"A live screening of Placido Domingo performing was staged here which was wonderful but not many people turned out which was a shame. …

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