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Facelift for footbridge

Volunteers give historic bridge a facelift

A team of volunteers has just finished restoring an historic iron canal bridge to its former glory.

Two months work for a team of five

The team of five spent two months working on Jubilee Bridge in Thrupp, which is believed to date from 1887, the year of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.

Led by canal volunteer Judith Basham, the team decided to repaint the bridge after they had been working on upgrading the towpath beneath it.

“It’s a lovely bridge that looked rather neglected,” said Judith.

“As far as we know, it was painted around 15 years ago, but not in the traditional canal black and white colours.

This is all part of restoring the canal and its environment for the enjoyment of the community. We are very pleased with the result.”

The paint was provided by Stroud District Council’s canal team using Heritage Lottery funding.

Judith was ably assisted by Bridget Mitchell, Sally Cushnan, Chris Brazier, Derek Pitt and Isabel Naumann.

Judith is pictured (centre) with Chris and Bridget.

Photo by SDC's Paul Weller