TV stars Kevin McCloud and Dr Jonathan Foyle are joining the Transporter Bridge centenary celebrations at the weekend as part of a fund-raising drive.
The daring duo will abseil off the iconic bridge just as Jonathan Foyle did in his award-winning ‘Climbing Great Buildings’ programme on the BBC, raising funds for the Heritage Skills Initiative in the process.
Members of the public will also be ‘Taking the Plunge’ in a series of sponsored bungee jumps from the bridge – the Transporter is renowned as the only location of this kind in the UK.
All sponsored bungee jumpers will get their jump countdown from Kevin and Jonathan before they take the terrifying plunge.
The Heritage Skills Initiative champions vital skills needed to maintain the built historic environment, such as stonemasonry, lime plastering, carpentry and stained glass window making. Such skills remain vital in maintaining and restoring many of the beloved buildings which are an integral part of our history and heritage.
Hosted by the North of England Civic Trust, the Heritage Skills Initiative is raising awareness and creating the training and partnership opportunities needed to address the skills gap. Many of our region’s historic buildings have benefited from the work done by the North of England Civic Trust including several in the Historic Quarter of Middlesbrough town centre.
Members of the public are welcome to attend tomorrow’s event and meet Kevin McCloud and Jonathan.
There will also be a Heritage Skills exhibition showcasing the opportunities on offer to train in traditional crafts, as well as a variety of stalls
Come and meet Kevin McCloud and Dr Jonathan Foyle. Watch as they climb the Transporter Bridge and abseil back down in the morning.
Opportunities to bungee jump from the Transporter Bridge all afternoon with Kevin and Jonathan counting you down (T&C’s apply). You will get a photograph and DVD of your jump.
On the day of the bungee jump, there will also be a Heritage Skills exhibition showcasing the opportunities on offer to train in one of these traditional crafts.
For more details on any of the events or the work the HSI do go to www.nect.org.uk.