Proud boy leads way over his grand­fa­ther’s new bridge

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IT WAS a proud mo­ment for young Dou­glas Wil­son as he led mem­bers of his fam­ily over the new bridge at Co­p­ley, Hal­i­fax, re-named Wil­son Bridge af­ter his grand­fa­ther Gra­ham.

The 185-year-old Co­p­ley Bridge was washed out by the dev­as­tat­ing flood­ing of Box­ing Day 2015 and Mayor of Calderdale Coun Fer­man Ali of­fi­cially opened the bridge with Wil­son fam­ily mem­bers.

The bridge is named af­ter Gra­ham Wil­son, who lived at the ad­ja­cent toll house for many years un­til his re­cent death. At the spe­cial event, which in­cluded a speech by Calderdale Coun­cil’s leader Coun Tim Swift, the Wil­son fam­ily led a pub­lic tour of the toll house fol­low­ing the rib­bon-cut­ting.

Chil­dren from Co­p­ley Pri­mary School, Hal­i­fax, and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity chose to name the bridge, re­con­nect­ing two sides of the val­ley, af­ter Mr Wil­son.

Some of the orig­i­nal stone was in­cor­po­rated into the new bridge’s de­sign. It is made of three steel sec­tions to make it stronger. Re­build­ing work was fi­nanced by the Depart­ment of Trans­port flood re­cov­ery fund­ing, and the bridge pro­vides an ac­cess for pedes­tri­ans, horses and non-mo­torised ve­hi­cles.

PIC­TURES: TONY JOHN­SON.

FAM­ILY PRIDE: Dou­glas Wil­son, top, leads the way over the Wil­son Bridge in Co­p­ley, near Hal­i­fax. The bridge was named af­ter the late Gra­ham Wil­son, fa­ther of James and Stan­ley, above.

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