Day Gateway joins Queen
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.
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