On Sunday 7th December, Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge burst into colour as it celebrated its 150th year.
A spectacular display was enjoyed by thousands. Events were kicked off by 8 year old Harry Bessant, who was born on the bridge.
Clifton Suspension Bridge is very familiar to Clifton College pupils as they have used this route throughout the last century to access the College’s playing fields at Beggars Bush.
The College was founded in1862, two years before the bridge was completed. Though buses now take them via the Cumberland Basin, many pupils still choose to run across the bridge to maintain their fitness.
Originally taken in old Albion army trucks, which, when fully laden, were too heavy for the bridge, boys were transported standing up but had to disembark and walk over the bridge itself. The arrival of buses stopped this practice for a while, but new safety regulations meant that the old ‘biscuit tin’ buses (still in use in the early 1980s) were decreed too heavy, and boys were required to cross on foot once again.