Gateshead’s most famous unique monument celebrated its 20th anniversary on Friday with a spectacular display.
Inaugurated in 2001, the Millennium Bridge remains the only bascule bridge of its type in the world.
On Friday evening, to mark 20 years of operation, it opened like the sunset over the Tyne, showing its unique function to the small crowd who had gathered to watch.
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As part of the bridge’s anniversary celebrations, 200 people participated in the creation of an animated film with artist Anton Hecht, while a group from the Gateshead Art Diamonds participated in a workshop with the artist Robert Soden, to create their own version of the famous landmark.
Councilor Angela Douglas, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sports and Recreation at Gateshead Council, said: “Gateshead Millennium Bridge has quickly become an internationally recognized landmark that attracts large numbers of visitors as the first and only bascule bridge to the world.
“Not only did the bridge have a revolutionary design, it showed people what we had to offer.
“Since then we have continued to develop Gateshead Quayside and are delighted that the bridge will become the backdrop for the £ 260million NewcastleGateshead Quays development, which will be aimed at locals in our area as well as visitors from around the world. whole. ”
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