On Friday September 8th, the long awaited re-opening of both Gaol Ferry Bridge and the Chocolate Path finally happened. For the Chocolate Path it was a quiet affair, with a FrANC member returning from a run noticing the barriers has been removed and letting us know. But for Gaol Ferry Bridge there was an opening ceremony and street party.
Some Wapping Wharf traders who had been affected by the bridge closure a year ago joined Bristol mayor Marvin Rees for a photo opportunity on the bridge ahead of the public being allowed back on. On the Southville side, the vicar of St Paul’s Church cut the ribbon.
Several FrANC members turned up to join in the celebrations, enjoying the walk over the restored bridge, the music from the Batala samba band and a few beers from Junction – Bristol Beer Factory’s newest venue.