Day Gate­way joins Queen

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

One Widnes pupil, Sa­van­nah Caf­ferty, whose birth­day falls on the day the Mersey Gate­way opened to traf­fic, will have a spe­cial role on the day, pre­sent­ing a posy to one of the Royal party.

She said: “When I found out I was go­ing to have a spe­cial job on the day I asked ‘why me?’

“I am re­ally happy and ex­cited as The Queen is like a mother to Bri­tain and she has helped us through trou­ble.

“My nan was at the open­ing of the Sil­ver Ju­bilee Bridge.”

Sa­van­nah’s proud head­teacher at Farn­worth CE Pri­mary School, Jackie Still­ings, said: “The open­ing of the Mersey Gate­way Bridge is a spe­cial mo­ment in Hal­ton’s his­tory and I am thrilled that chil­dren from my school will be part of this his­toric event.

“The bridge has made trav­el­ling from Widnes to Run­corn and be­yond so much eas­ier and it is a spec­tac­u­lar sight in it­self.

“It makes me proud to be a Hal­ton res­i­dent know­ing that Her Royal High­ness The Queen and Meghan, Duchess Of Sus­sex, are mark­ing the open­ing of this bridge.”

Hal­ton school­child­ren will also per­form a spe­cially com­mis­sioned per­for­mance of dance and move­ment, di­rected by the An­drew Cur­phey The­atre Com­pany.

It is en­ti­tled Bring­ing Com­mu­ni­ties To­gether: Bridges Of Hal­ton.

The mov­ing piece fea­tures 80 chil­dren and young peo­ple from schools across the bor­ough and tells the story of the many cross­ings that have ex­isted over the Mersey con­nect­ing Widnes and Run­corn through the ages.

To­day, ac­cess around Run­corn sta­tion and at the Cat­a­lyst Science And Dis­cov­ery Mu­seum will be re­stricted.

How­ever, mem­bers of the pub­lic who want to see the Royal party, are ad­vised to go as close as is safely pos­si­ble to Run­corn Sta­tion and the Cat­a­lyst Science And Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre.

Ste­wards and the po­lice will be in both ar­eas for crowd man­age­ment.

The pub­lic is re­minded that cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans are pro­hib­ited from the Mersey Gate­way Bridge.

En­quiries about the event should be di­rected to of­fi­cialopen­ing@hal­ton.gov. uk

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