Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

SPAN TASTIC! Thousands Help Bridge Celebrate Its Birthday in Style

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

SPAN TASTIC! Thousands Help Bridge Celebrate Its Birthday in Style

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Byline: ANDREW PAIN

A SPECTACULAR firework display lit up the Tranporter Bridge and thousands of Teessiders who turned out for its centenary celebrations.

Middlesbrough town centre enjoyed a day-long carnival yesterday as a whole range of events took place.

A thrilling finale saw around 850 schoolchildren with artists and performers from 30 organisations taking part in a parade which highlighted the history and heritage of the town.

The procession led from Middlesbrough Town Hall to the new Middlesbrough College where Ironopolis - a live outdoor performance by arts company Emergency Exit Arts - took place.

The night was completed by a stunning firework display which left the assembled crowd gasping and whooping.

Anne Besford, cultural services manager for Middlesbrough Council, said: "It was fantastic. I'm so pleased with how everything has come together. Everyone has worked so hard - all of the kids involved and the artists. It was a fantastic finale - I can't imagine it going any better.

"Hopefully we have done the Transporter Bridge justice - it looked amazing."

The Transporter Bridge's official birthday is today and among the crowd was Berwick Hills youngster Atlanta McKeown who is celebrating her 12th birthday today.

The Macmillan Academy pupil attended the event with mum and dad, Leanne and David, and eight-year-old brother Logan.

She said: "It's nice to share my birthday with the Transporter because it's so important to the history of Teesside.

"I'm glad I could witness the 100th birthday and I won't forget it in a hurry - it was extraordinary."

The day started with 100 people bungee jumping from a 160ft high walkway on the bridge, with others zip sliding their way down.

Clare Doherty, 35, a sales account manager from Billingham, dressed as Wonder Woman for her first ever bungee jump, in aid of Daisy Chain.

She said: "I've been up there before and the views are brilliant. It's a local landmark and it's 100 years old, bless it.

"I would do it again. It was absolutely amazing."

Also taking part for Daisy Chain was Scott Hulme, 23, a customer sales adviser from Oxbridge in Stockton, who bungeed twice dressed as a monkey. …

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