Final push needed for bridge success
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.