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Menai Bridge lights up to mark National Day of Reflection

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Menai Bridge aerial shot lit up in yellow at night

This iconic structure on the A5 has been lit up to remember those who have lost their lives during the pandemic and to show support for the bereaved.

The suspension bridge which spans the Menai Strait carrying the A5 road traffic between Anglesey and the mainland, was illuminated by the North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent to mark the anniversary of the first national lockdown.

The lighting of the Grade I listed structure was supported by the Welsh Government and partner agency UK Highways A55 Ltd who operate and maintain the 40km trunk road running across the Island of Anglesey in North Wales.

Originally designed by civil engineer Thomas Telford and completed in 1826, this famous landmark was the biggest suspension bridge in the world at the time. Sixteen huge chains held up 579 feet of deck, allowing 100 feet of clear space for the safe passage of tall ships beneath.

The North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent worked with a specialist team from a local firm, Illuminated Events Ltd, to deliver the illumination, following calls from the public and local councillors.

Menai Bridge aerial shot lit up in yellow at night

A similar tribute was organised by NMWTRA in conjunction with the Welsh Government last year when the Rainbow Bridge on the A55 was lit up in tribute to key workers.

David Cooil, NMWTRA Head of Service said:

"Landmarks on the Welsh Trunk Road Network like the Menai Suspension and Rainbow Bridge have become meaningful symbols of recognition of the impact Covid 19 has had on many Welsh people over the past year. I’m delighted that we were able to work with Welsh Government and partner agencies to light up the Menai Bridge to remember those we have lost during the pandemic."

 

Menai Bridge aerial shot lit up in yellow at night


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