Chepstow Wye Bridge Bicentenary

The Wye Bridge, Chepstow
The Wye Bridge, Chepstow

The celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the Chepstow Iron bridge. Sunday, 24 July 2016 1 PM start.

There’s a big birthday party in Chepstow and everyone’s invited. 200 years ago in 1816 on 24 July to the minute of 1 PM a procession left Beaufort square in Chepstow to celebrate the opening of the new cast iron bridge. At exactly the same time and on the same day in 2016 that procession is being recreated for the 21st century to celebrate the birthday of this historic and beautiful bridge, which is now the longest cast-iron road bridge in the world from the first 50 years of iron bridges and buildings. Engineers, magistrates, bands, singers, farmers, tradesmen and schoolchildren were all in the 1816 procession and they, or their equivalents will be parading 200 years on. The musicians will perform during a short ceremony on the bridge before a cavalcade of vintage vehicles crosses the bridge and tours around the town. From 2 PM there will be a community fair with stalls and games in the Riverside Gardens and music from the FB pocket Orchestra who will play 1920s jazz from the bandstand. A stunning firework display from the bridge will round of the evening after more music from the bandstand by Wyld Bird Seed from 9 PM until dark. The organisers would welcome more participants who want to join in this historic event by taking part in the procession in the categories; school aged children dressed in their school uniform or 19th-century costume (contact Chepstow Museum telephone 01291 625981 or e-mail and tradesmen carrying the tools of the trade and traders with their wares (contact Julie Le Peltier: e-mail Telephone: 0781 770 9353) For further information contact Ned Heywood 01291 624836 or Anne Rainsbury at Chepstow Museum 01291 625981.

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