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Transported back in time for birthday.

Byline: Sophie Barley Reporter sophie.barley@eveninggazette.co.uk

A SPECIAL event to mark the 102nd birthday of the Transporter Bridge was held in Middlesbrough.

The celebration was part of the Discover Middlesbrough Festival and was held at Teesside Archives.

As part of the celebration there was a "though the years" lecture from historian Tosh Warwick, the bridge's education, learning and events officer. The illustrated presentation included rare photographs from Teesside Archives' collections, footage of the bridge's 1911 opening ceremony and information on the ongoing PS2.6m Heritage Lottery Fund-supported renovations of the bridge.

The event concluded with youngsters William Whyborne, 11, Mia Whyborne, nine, and five-year-old Evan Lourie cutting a specially made cake.

Teesside Archives is currently hosting a Transporter Bridge Exhibition on the ground floor which is open to the public.

Discover Middlesbrough Festival coordinator Rob Nichols said: "The talk provided a fascinating insight into the history of the bridge and the attendance at the celebrations by people from across the generations reflects the wide appeal the landmark still enjoys today."

Tosh Warwick added: "Be it through its rich history, television fame or the extreme sports activities that have become a mainstay in recent years, the Bridge is truly unique." "It is fitting that the anniversary forms one of the centrepieces of Discover Middlesbrough at the home of Teesside's historic collections."

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Evan Lourie cuts the Transporter's 102nd birthday cake, right

Tosh Warwick giving his talk on the history of the Transporter Bridge to coincide with its 102nd birthday
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 26, 2013
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