VISIT HELPS BUILD BRIDGES BETWEEN NEWPORT AND MIDDLESBROUGH
By fmttm
Monday 11 Feb 2019 13:47:00
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The FA Cup fourth round replay 2-0 defeat at Newport County might have ended in disappointment for the Middlesbrough supporters who made the trip to South Wales, but the ‘Transporter Derby’ proved to have a positive outcome for building bridges between the two areas. 

Newport Trany presentation

Before the match, Discover Middlesbrough coordinator Rob Nichols and Middlesbrough historian Dr Tosh Warwick were welcomed to Newport’s Grade I listed landmark by Friends of Newport Transporter Bridge Chairman and Newport County President David Hando and Newport City Councillor Charles Ferris. 

NewportThe pair exchanged Transporter Bridge souvenirs provided by Middlesbrough Football Club and Middlesbrough Council with their Welsh counterparts and paid a visit to the Visitor Centre to learn more about the history of the Bridge and £10m National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported plans to help enhance the River Usk structure as a heritage attraction.

It is hoped that the visit will help consolidate bonds between the North East and South Wales and develop new connections between the bridges.

Manchester Metropolitan University’s Dr Tosh Warwick, who previously worked at the Tees Transporter Bridge and is writing a book about the crossing, said: “Visiting the Newport Transporter Bridge provided a first-hand insight into the shared challenges and fantastic heritage of the two structures.

Newport tranny“We hope that the links made with Newport will help champion and develop the transporter bridges on a global scale by sharing best practice and new opportunities for celebrating these landmarks.”  

Rob Nichols, editor of fanzine Fly Me To The Moon added: “Middlesbrough and Newport have lots of connections beyond Mike Flynn and Tony Pulis and the story of both bridges reveals shared origins connected to steelworks, the challenges of crossing busy, tidal rivers and the connections between football and industry.”

David Hando added: “We were delighted to visit the Riverside Stadium and the Tees Transporter Bridge and then welcome guests from Middlesbrough to the Newport Transporter Bridge and Rodney Parade.

“We hope that Middlesbrough FC take their rightful place in the Premiership and that Newport County AFC continue their FA Cup adventure and continue to climb the pyramid.  We also hope that our majestic Bridges are preserved for posterity.”

Admission to the Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre is free – for more information call 01642 727265 or visit www.teestransporterbridge.com

Tees tranny

 



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