Proud boy leads way over his grandfather’s new bridge
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.
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.