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Published 27th Sep 2011

The Transporter bridge in Middlesbrough was open to the public on saturday for a Heritage Day. People were allowed to climb up a

Thousands discovered more about what Middlesbrough had to offer throughout September – and they weren’t disappointed!

The Discover Middlesbrough festival which ran from September 8 –25 celebrated the past, present and future of the town.

The annual festival was once again a huge success with people taking the opportunity to experience a diverse range of exciting activities and events.

The festival included heritage walks and open days galore, powerboat trips and bungee jumps off the Transporter!

At Middlesbrough Railway Station the ‘Best of Boro’ art exhibition by local artist Eamonn McGovern was unveiled as part of Discover Middlesbrough.

Eamonn was inspired to produce the paintings of Middlesbrough’s favourite landmarks in honour of Middlesbrough’s bid for city status and the centenary of the Transporter Bridge.

Claire Wordsworth from Love Middlesbrough, said: “Over 1.4m passengers a year use the station so Eamonn’s work has been getting a really great audience.

“The paintings capture Middlesbrough in a beautiful and dramatic way and they looked really effective in the atmospheric railway station.”

If people have not seen the work they can still be seen at the Railway Station on Platform 2 – so take a look!

At Gallery TS1 in Corporation Road an exhibition by local artists celebrating the theme a City at HeART went on display (still viewable for another 2 weeks), as well as, the launch of the Transporter Limited Editions to celebrate the centenary of the Transporter Bridge was a big hit.

Meanwhile, over at the actual Transporter Bridge almost 700 took a rare chance to climb to the top of the landmark.

Visitors from as far afield as Australia and Canada climbed the Transporter’s steep steps on September 10 to enjoy the panoramic views from the walkway 160 feet above the River Tees.

Along with hundreds from Teesside, visitors travelled from across the UK including Norwich, Oxford, Motherwell, Manchester, Leicester, York, Newcastle, Sunderland and Leeds.

“The day was a fantastic success,” said Rodger Wakerley, Principal Engineer for Middlesbrough Council. “There was a continuous flow of people going up the bridge and we got a fabulous reaction from every one of them.”

The Town Meal in Centre Square was also a huge success with an estimated 6,000 attending on the day to sample the best in homegrown food and free family fun.

Organiser Louise Willans from Middlesbrough Environment City said: “It went amazingly well and was a really nice day for all the family.

“The weather was very kind to us too!”

The Transporter Bridge Centenary celebration events will continue throughout October – keep in touch with Love Middlesbrough for all the latest news and announcements.

Photo caption: The Transporter bridge in Middlesbrough was open to the public on saturday for a Heritage Day. People were allowed to climb up an walk across the top of the famouse landmark. Pictured are some of the people who took the chance to do it. Angus Sanderson and his children Euan and Holly take a break halfway 10/9/11 Pic Doug Moody


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