Bridge turns 80
Murchison bridge celebrated its 80th anniversary recently with a car parade and morning tea at Murchison Heritage Centre.
The bridge was officially opened on March 31, 1937, by thenVictorian Governor Vanneck Huntingfield.
Murchison Historical Society president Kay Ball said it was wonderful to see so many people come along to celebrate the 80th anniversary and it was especially good to have six people attend who were at the opening of the bridge.
Murchison’s Herb Brisbane was six years old when the bridge was opened.
He was given the job of holding onto the ceremonial scissors and was told he was not allowed to hand them to anyone except Lord Huntingfield.
Mr Brisbane said after that he refused to hand them to anyone, including Lord Huntingfield’s assistant.
‘‘I was apparently a bugger of a kid and they gave me the scissors to keep me quiet,’’ he said.
During the festivities, four historic cars travelled across Murchison bridge about 10.30 am, delighting the crowd that had gathered near Stevenson St.
Graham Tidd normally has his 1928 A-Model Ford at Shepparton Motor Museum, but brought it to Murchison to help celebrate the bridge’s milestone.
Mr Tidd said he was happy to be part of the event.
‘‘It was a privilege to be asked to come along and be part of their heritage,’’ he said.
Mr Tidd said sadly an A-Model Ford sedan wasmeant to be part of the festivities, but it broke down on the way.
After the cars moved through Stevenson St, they came to a stop in front of Murchison Heritage Centre where everyone went to enjoy morning tea.