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Brighten Our Bridges campaign launches

Wearmouth bridge and rail bridge

5:59am 13th October 2017
(Updated 9:55am 13th October 2017)

Wearsiders are being encouraged to sign a petition to bring more light to Sunderland.

A new campaign's urging the council to illuminate the bridges, to match the new Wear Crossing which is almost completed.

They feel it will show the city in a better light to visitors coming for the Tall Ships and the City of Culture bid.

Bill Meeks is the campaign leader:

Wear crossing cables in and tensioned halfway 1

To find out more about Bill's campaign and to sign his petition click here Brighten Our Bridges.

Portfolio Holder for City Services, Councillor Michael Mordey says:

"We welcome Mr Meeks's proposals, and will look at them with interest.  The New Wear Crossing will incorporate colour change lighting and will be ready for the Tall Ships, while Wearmouth Bridge is already floodlit but does not currently have colour change capability.

"Special, coloured lighting displays are already used at Penshaw Monument and in Keel Square on occasion, and we might look at ways at how this provision might be expanded to other parts of city. It is important to remember that Tall Ships event  will be in mid-summer, so the benefits of additional  feature lighting would be minimal during the event."

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