Thousand flocked to Poole on 9th March for two hours of celebrations to mark the completion of the new Twin Sails Bridge and to mark the 85th anniversary of the original bridge. A trumpet fanfare from The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood sounded as the triangular Twin Sails Bridge lifted, allowing a flotilla of illuminated boats to pass through.
The event featured the world premiere of a new piece of music performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra which celebrates the bridge. It also showcased new music for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad which was performed by the Coastal Voices community choir.
The Mayor of Poole, Cllr Graham Wilson, said: “I am thrilled that local residents have the chance to be part of one of the largest celebrations in Poole’s recent history.”
Jim Bright, Strategic Director, Borough of Poole said: “The bridge is looking fantastic and our contractor is working hard on the finishing touches that will make Twin Sails Bridge such a stunning addition to Poole’s skyline.”
The event came to a close with live music and street entertainment on Poole Quay and a firework finale.
More checks need to be done before the £37m Twin Sails Bridge is fully open to traffic and pedestrians and no date has yet been given for this.
The Princess Royal is visiting the town on Monday to mark the completion.