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Limited edition gold commemorative coins produced by Ramsdens Financial Ltd to celebrate the centenary of the Tees Transporter Bridge will go under the hammer for charity tomorrow night (Friday).
The Teesside-based pawnbroking business has specially commissioned just 100 of the hallmarked 9ct gold mementos as part of the ongoing centenary celebrations.
And Boro’s sponsors have generously donated five to be auctioned in aid of the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.
Guests attending the sell-out Transporter Bridge Centenary Dinner at Middlesbrough Town Hall will have an opportunity to bid for the limited edition coins.
The mementos are imprinted on one side with an image of the iconic structure and the dates ‘1911-2011’, while the flip side reads: “The Tees Transporter Bridge Centenary, Celebrated by Ramsdens”.
Dean Benson, a director of Visualsoft eCommerce, one of the Philanthropic Foundation’s patrons, said: “This is a magnificent gesture by Ramsdens. The coins are certain to become collectors’ items so we expect bidding to be fierce, helping us to raise vital funds for a great cause.”
Ramsdens aim to help more good causes during the centenary year with the help of the gold coins – each worth more than £250 each.
Ramsdens CEO Peter Kenyon said: “We are passionate about our Teesside roots and are delighted to be involved in the centenary celebrations for the region’s most iconic structure.
“These unique coins will have real and lasting value so we hope they prove to be very attractive auction items in aid of an excellent cause that we are proud to support.”
Also up for auction at the charity dinner is an original piece of Transporter Bridge artwork by the internationally-acclaimed, Middlesbrough-born artist Mackenzie Thorpe, which has already attracted a bid of £6,000.
The centenary dinner takes place in the same Town Hall room that Prince Arthur of Connaught attended a lavish banquet 100 years ago after performing the official opening ceremony for the Transporter Bridge.
The event will feature Mackenzie Thorpe as guest speaker together with entertainment by Middlesbrough-born impressionist Kevin Connelly, singer Claire Hammill and top local band The Beer Pigs.
The Philanthropic Foundation aims to raise in excess of £30,000 for local community causes through the dinner, which it aims to make an annual event.