Children at Woodlands Primary School were delighted to be asked to take part in the BBC ‘The One Show’ live broadcast on Monday 7th January, to mark the completion of the English Heritage’s project to renovate the Iron Bridge.

The children celebrated the re-opening of the Iron Bridge by walking across the bridge alongside the local community and were joined by a man-made elephant also crossing the bridge to replicate a previous publicity stunt to promote a circus. It was a memorable moment in history, of which we were proud to be part.

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Crowds of children and their proud families gathered in Ironbridge to mark the end of the work on Monday evening, with the occasion broadcast live on the BBC’s One Show.

Cutting the ribbon and officially reopening the bridge was Michael Darby, great great great grandson of Abraham Darby III, who built the cast iron bridge in 1779.

Councillor Raj Mehta, mayor of Telford & Wrekin, said: “It’s a World Heritage Site on our doorstep and now it’s looking better than ever. It’s amazing to have so many people, especially all the children, here to celebrate the opening of this magnificent bridge.

Councillor Nicola Lowery, borough councillor for the Ironbridge Gorge said: “The atmosphere at the Iron Bridge was electric and it’s incredible to see the amount of families that have attended to mark the completion of this historic project.

Thank you to all those parents that took the time to attend the opening, enabling their children to take part in such a memorable event.