Fi­nal push needed for bridge suc­cess

Sunderland Echo - - Retro -

The fight to save the Roker Park ravine foot­bridge has moved closer to suc­cess. The Roker Park Bridge ap­peal fund has now reached £1,700 and, with the £3,000 set aside by Sun­der­land Bor­ough Coun­cil for the restora­tion of the bridge, only £1,300 re­mains to be raised.

The bat­tle to save the bridge has at­tracted wide­spread in­ter­est, and the cam­paign is fea­tured in a new book by the Con­ser­va­tion Foun­da­tion.

The ex­act age of the bridge is un­cer­tain, but it is known that it was built by Arm­strong Ad­di­son and Co.

It seems likely that the bridge is part of the orig­i­nal plan of the park, which was opened in 1880, the 17 acres of land of which it con­sists be­ing do­nated partly by Sir Hed­worth Wil­liamson and partly by the Ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal Com­mis­sion.

The bridge was closed be­cause of de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in the steel­work and safety fears.

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