This month sees the 150th anniversary of Clifton Suspension Bridge, a testament to the genius of Isambard Kindom Brunel, whose plans were altered by William Henry Barlow and John Harkshaw. Paid for by the £1,000 will of William Vick, the price and practicality of it stands in stark contrast to the profligate Garden Bridge, set to be built across the Thames for a staggering £175 million offering little more than “a place to linger”, according to its designer.
More than 100,000 people are expected at a fireworks display at 7pm on Sunday. Following the death of Bristol mother Charlotte Bevan and her baby girl earlier this week, a one-minute silence will be held before the display.
In a statement, The Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust said it had "carefully reviewed" whether to continue to hold the event:
"Having thought very deeply about this, it is felt that the planned event should go ahead".
George Ferguson, the first elected Mayor of Bristol, tweeted this morning:
"As #Bristol celebrates #CliftonSuspensionBridge 150th anniversary @brunelsbridge we remember the tragedy of Charlotte Bevan and many others."
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