Weymouth's Town Bridge turns 90 this weekend

Weymouth's Town Bridge turns 90 this weekend

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:05am 30th June 2020.

On the 4th July 2020, Weymouth’s Town Bridge will be 90 years old.

It was opened in 1930 during a grand opening ceremony by the Duke of York who went on to become King George VI.

The £90,000 cost of the bridge was funded by the Borough Council, the Ministry of Transport and Dorset County Council.

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But, the 90th birthday celebrations won't be as exuberant as 10 years ago for the 80th.

Then a procession of boats, an exhibition of memorabilia and a choral accompaniment to the bridge lifting marked the occasion.

Representatives of Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA contributed the slab of granite found on the bridge engraved "From Weymouth in New England, to Weymouth, in Old England, 1930".  It was quarried in Weymouth MA and representatives attended the official opening ceremony in 1930.  Those links are still maintained today with Weymouth Town Council.

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The bridge forms part of the Dorset Council highway and remains fully functional, opening every 2 hours from 8am each day to 6pm in the winter and 9pm in the summer for the safe passage of vessels from the Inner Harbour.  It is also a popular tourist attraction.

'Competition Time' 

Local school children have been invited to take part in an online art competition.  Entrants can submit birthday cards, drawings, paintings or photographs of the Weymouth Town Bridge with the winner having the opportunity to visit the Bridge House for a tour and be involved in the raising of the Town Bridge (once social distancing guidelines permit).

Closing date for entries is Wednesday 1st July 2020 and should be submitted to Weymouth Harbour with the subject #WeymouthTownBridgeTurns90 at WeymouthHarbourNews@DorsetCouncil.gov.uk.

Full competition details can be found on the Weymouth Harbour website.