GALLERY: Fenland village celebrates opening of £197,000 replacement bridge with barbecue and family games

Opening of the refurbished bridge at Benwick. Officially opened by Cllr John Clark.

Opening of the refurbished bridge at Benwick. Officially opened by Cllr John Clark. - Credit: Archant

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

Opening of the refurbished bridge at Benwick.

Opening of the refurbished bridge at Benwick. - Credit: Archant

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.

Opening of the refurbished bridge at Benwick.

Opening of the refurbished bridge at Benwick. - Credit: Archant

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

Opening of the refurbished bridge at Benwick. Left: Bill Barry commodore of the middle level waterma

Opening of the refurbished bridge at Benwick. Left: Bill Barry commodore of the middle level watermans club and Bernard Keane president. - Credit: Archant

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

Opening of the refurbished bridge at Benwick. Left: Jessica Twigg, Maisy Hiskey and Andrew Twigg.

Opening of the refurbished bridge at Benwick. Left: Jessica Twigg, Maisy Hiskey and Andrew Twigg. - Credit: Archant

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.


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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.

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

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

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.

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