Upper Mills Bridge Open to Navigation
History was made at 1pm on Tuesday 25th January. Upper Mills Bridge at Stonehouse was declared open to navigation!
The grey and drizzly January scene was brightened by the colourful array of umbrellas to be seen.
The first picture shows Stroud District Council Public Relations Person, Dave Marshall directing the safe loading of the Cotswold Canals Trust work boat Aquila.
The official party then set off along the newly aligned stretch of waterway to cut the ribbon. That moment was captured by a Brittania Construction photographer.
The picture shows Stonehouse mayor Mattie Ross having shared the ribbon cutting shears with Councillor Keith Pearson of Stroud District Council.
Also on board Aquila were Britannia project Manager Phil Wyatt and Cotswold Canals Chairman Liz Payne.
Cotswold Canals Trust played a major role in the initial design of the bridge and contributed £200,000, representing some 50% of the cost, of the scheme.
CCT's contribution included proceeds from its fundraising appeal for the bridge as well as from other monies dedicated for use in the wider project.
The opening of the bridge links two long sections of the Ryeford pound thus enabling dredging to take place.
The next craft to pass beneath the bridge will be a Land & Water dredger and mud hoppers. More news on that next week.
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