Poole parties for Twin Sails Bridge - updated

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BUMPER crowds flocked to Poole's momentous Twin Sails Bridge party to welcome a 21st century icon civic leaders believe will help “support the town's next generation.”

Around 2,000 guests packed yesterday's official celebrations, held to mark the conclusion of a 40-year dream for a second Poole Harbour crossing.

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Huge cheers and a Royal Marines trumpet fanfare accompanied the 6pm ceremonial lifting of the bridge's leaves - which were designed to mimic the sails of a yacht.

The preceding three-minute sequence of lights and sirens had already been met with rapturous applause.

Addressing the crowds, 85-years to the day since the opening of the town's existing bridge, Poole Mayor Graham Wilson declared: “For many years Poole has longed for a second harbour crossing - today it is achieved.

“After many years of traffic delay and disruption the promise of more reliable journeys is now here.

“The land where we're standing for our celebrations is important to both Poole's past and its future.

“In the past there was a power station here, which reminds us of Poole's industrial heritage.

“With a new bridge this land can support the next generation with thousands of new homes and jobs.”

Earlier the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra performed a newly commissioned Twin Sails Overture, created with students from five Poole schools.

Borough of Poole strategic director Jim Bright, who was instrumental in making sure the Twin Sails dream became a reality, told the crowd: “Projects like this never happen by accident, they stand as a testament to those who 'saw it through.'”

Mr Bright, who acknowledged the support of the Daily Echo throughout the project, added: “My hope is that all who live, work and visit Poole will feel proud of this new edition to our town.”

A flotilla of illuminated boats passed through the structure, with musical accompaniment from the BSO and Her Royal Marines Collingwood band.

Another three minutes of lights and sirens sounded as the bridge closed and the party moved onto Poole Quay.

Live music, street entertainers, fire shows and circus workshops took place on the quayside until a firework grand finale brought the celebrations to an end well into the night.

ELECTRIC goldfish, an illuminated flower forest and cut paper shadows were among 24 artworks accompanying the celebrations.

The free showcase of illuminated artworks, called Brilliance, included displays at Poole Museum and businesses along Lower High Street and the quay.

A ROYAL Marines raiding craft, the RNLI's 'Sgt Bob Martin' inflatable lifeboat and a multimillion pound Sunseeker vessel were among the illuminated flotilla passing through the bridge.

Other vessels included yachts from Poole Yacht Club, Parkstone Yacht Club, Jenkins Marine, the Friends and Dolphin and Poole Harbour Commissioners.

YOUNGSTERS from Poole High School Carter Community, St Mary's Catholic Combined, Old Town First and Haymoor Middle took part in a procession across the bridge before the twin sails were raised.

DARREN Langley, aged 44, of North Dorset, said: “Our company actual did some work on the bridge, all the drainage.

“It has been a great project and has given lots of local businesses work.”

RESIDENT Rita Atterton, aged 81, said: “This will hopefully be a good thing for the town.

“I was lucky, as I was only given tickets for this event last evening. I hear some people had queued three hours. The bridge looks amazing lit up.”

Stuart Osborne, aged 46, from Poole, said: “I am born and bred in Poole and this bridge is wonderful.

“We've waited many years and it has been worth the wait.”

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5:22pm Fri 9 Mar 12

Bournefre says...

Will there be beer, burgers and stalls selling 'tat'?
Will there be beer, burgers and stalls selling 'tat'? Bournefre

5:43pm Fri 9 Mar 12

ismellarat1 says...

how lovely couldnt think of better way of spending £40m of tax payers money ,,if the traffic coped when the economy was booming i,m sure it would have coped now ,but i suppose someone made a few quid out of it
how lovely couldnt think of better way of spending £40m of tax payers money ,,if the traffic coped when the economy was booming i,m sure it would have coped now ,but i suppose someone made a few quid out of it ismellarat1

6:25pm Fri 9 Mar 12

disgustedsoldier says...

Being a freelance journalist I have sources telling me that there's some massive bash for for the big-wigs at Poole Council over the weekend and that Poole Council has spent obscene money renaming some meeting room or other in the civic centre. I will be checking this out. Condolences to Poole Council Tax payers, you seem (alledgedly) to be paying for a right old bunfight for your civic fathers and mothers
Being a freelance journalist I have sources telling me that there's some massive bash for for the big-wigs at Poole Council over the weekend and that Poole Council has spent obscene money renaming some meeting room or other in the civic centre. I will be checking this out. Condolences to Poole Council Tax payers, you seem (alledgedly) to be paying for a right old bunfight for your civic fathers and mothers disgustedsoldier

6:28pm Fri 9 Mar 12

Turtlebay says...

According to the BBC the bridge is still closed to vehicles due to 'problems'.

Cart before horse ring any bells?
According to the BBC the bridge is still closed to vehicles due to 'problems'. Cart before horse ring any bells? Turtlebay

6:33pm Fri 9 Mar 12

EGHH says...

Wasn't Princess Anne supposed to open it? Or has she been told not to associate herself with a bridge that doesn't work?
Wasn't Princess Anne supposed to open it? Or has she been told not to associate herself with a bridge that doesn't work? EGHH

6:45pm Fri 9 Mar 12

Bob49 says...

Good news, ASR are on their way to fix it

it just needs a bit of 'tweaking' .... apparently
Good news, ASR are on their way to fix it it just needs a bit of 'tweaking' .... apparently Bob49

7:04pm Fri 9 Mar 12

Turtlebay says...

Bob49 wrote:
Good news, ASR are on their way to fix it

it just needs a bit of 'tweaking' .... apparently
Good one!
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: Good news, ASR are on their way to fix it it just needs a bit of 'tweaking' .... apparently[/p][/quote]Good one! Turtlebay

7:08pm Fri 9 Mar 12

Old Harry says...

A Bridge Too Far?
A Bridge Too Far? Old Harry

7:13pm Fri 9 Mar 12

Hobad1 says...

I may have spotted a design flaw here....its called the "Twin Sails" bridge...but when its up its just two rectangles pointing to the sky, not in the form of a boats sails, but the opposite, with a V shape in the middle. Its more like two fingers. It should be called the Winston Churchill Bridge.
I may have spotted a design flaw here....its called the "Twin Sails" bridge...but when its up its just two rectangles pointing to the sky, not in the form of a boats sails, but the opposite, with a V shape in the middle. Its more like two fingers. It should be called the Winston Churchill Bridge. Hobad1

8:01pm Fri 9 Mar 12

live-and-let-live says...

Bob49 wrote:
Good news, ASR are on their way to fix it it just needs a bit of 'tweaking' .... apparently
isnt that what was said about boscombe surf reef?
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: Good news, ASR are on their way to fix it it just needs a bit of 'tweaking' .... apparently[/p][/quote]isnt that what was said about boscombe surf reef? live-and-let-live

11:01pm Fri 9 Mar 12

mnbvcx says...

Norman the tramp from bournemouth would have liked to open th bridge
he would ov done it for a tenner.
Norman the tramp from bournemouth would have liked to open th bridge he would ov done it for a tenner. mnbvcx

11:20pm Fri 9 Mar 12

portia6 says...

Coastal singers were good and
the school children no beer tent though!
Coastal singers were good and the school children no beer tent though! portia6

12:23am Sat 10 Mar 12

pooleborn says...

Wrong bridge,wrong place a total waste.
Wrong bridge,wrong place a total waste. pooleborn

9:46am Sat 10 Mar 12

oldgiraffe says...

Lets here what the boaties think of it when trapped between the two bridges!
Lets here what the boaties think of it when trapped between the two bridges! oldgiraffe

12:27pm Sat 10 Mar 12

mcjsmith says...

Well done to the organisers.
Why is everything to do with Poole celebrated "ON THE QUAY"
Don't the rest of pubs and restaurants in Poole exist.
These celebrations kill the trade in all other pubs and restaurants that are not on the Quay.
Why wasn't there a procession from the new bridge down the new Marston road along the high street to the Quay - and spread the celebrations.
Well done to the organisers. Why is everything to do with Poole celebrated "ON THE QUAY" Don't the rest of pubs and restaurants in Poole exist. These celebrations kill the trade in all other pubs and restaurants that are not on the Quay. Why wasn't there a procession from the new bridge down the new Marston road along the high street to the Quay - and spread the celebrations. mcjsmith

4:20pm Sat 10 Mar 12

Paul Weaver says...

Why were the children that could claim to be schooled nearest the new Bridge not involved with the opening?

I know they were taught about the Bridge at the Hamworthy First School but wasn't given a chance to go to see the Bridge open.
And the Carter Community school, is even closer.
Why were the children that could claim to be schooled nearest the new Bridge not involved with the opening? I know they were taught about the Bridge at the Hamworthy First School but wasn't given a chance to go to see the Bridge open. And the Carter Community school, is even closer. Paul Weaver

4:21pm Sat 10 Mar 12

Bournefre says...

mcjsmith wrote:
Well done to the organisers.
Why is everything to do with Poole celebrated "ON THE QUAY"
Don't the rest of pubs and restaurants in Poole exist.
These celebrations kill the trade in all other pubs and restaurants that are not on the Quay.
Why wasn't there a procession from the new bridge down the new Marston road along the high street to the Quay - and spread the celebrations.
I agree - there should have been a conga line going from the bridge to the quay via every pub in town where participants could down a shot or half a pint in each one. Either that or hold the whole event in your restaurant.
All in all, pretty poor planning; the organisers should hang their heads in shame.
[quote][p][bold]mcjsmith[/bold] wrote: Well done to the organisers. Why is everything to do with Poole celebrated "ON THE QUAY" Don't the rest of pubs and restaurants in Poole exist. These celebrations kill the trade in all other pubs and restaurants that are not on the Quay. Why wasn't there a procession from the new bridge down the new Marston road along the high street to the Quay - and spread the celebrations.[/p][/quote]I agree - there should have been a conga line going from the bridge to the quay via every pub in town where participants could down a shot or half a pint in each one. Either that or hold the whole event in your restaurant. All in all, pretty poor planning; the organisers should hang their heads in shame. Bournefre

11:17pm Sat 10 Mar 12

LoulouBlue says...

Pity we could not walk across it from West Quay Road, they shut it at 4.15pm and we had to walk all the way round amongst the Sunseeker traffic, not happy and there was tickets left as they were issuing them on the gate!
The Flotilla was fab celebrating all our working boats, loved the steam boat and our Fantastic lifeboats made us very proud of our maritime heritage.
Pity we could not walk across it from West Quay Road, they shut it at 4.15pm and we had to walk all the way round amongst the Sunseeker traffic, not happy and there was tickets left as they were issuing them on the gate! The Flotilla was fab celebrating all our working boats, loved the steam boat and our Fantastic lifeboats made us very proud of our maritime heritage. LoulouBlue

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