The Gateshead Millennium Bridge in pictures – each year from 2001 to 2021

The first pedestrians and cyclists crossed the Gateshead Millennium Bridge on Monday, September 17, 2001. Our selection of photographs recalls the bridge over the past 20 years

It has been 20 years since the first enthusiastic pedestrians set foot on the newly opened Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Originally designed in 1996, the spectacular ‘blinking eye’ structure was manufactured at a cost of £ 22million, set up to link Gateshead and Newcastle in November 2000 and finally opened to the public on Monday 17th September 2001.

Over the past two decades, the bridge has perhaps become the symbol of a 21st century avant-garde Tyneside.

READ MORE: The Gateshead Millennium Bridge opened 20 years ago

It sits in the heart of an invigorated Quayside, a busy destination that combines leisure, culture and history.

Many of us will have walked through the curved path of the bridge and marveled at the view upstream and downstream.

Since 2001 we have become quite fond of the Millennium Bridge, the seventh to connect Newcastle and Gateshead along this section of the River Tyne.

We have chosen a selection of photographs from the ChronicleLive archives, one from each year of the bridge’s existence. They reflect how it has become an integral part of the Tyneside landscape.

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