New footbridge opened at Benwick

Opening of new �195,000 footbridge in Benwick
Opening of new �195,000 footbridge in Benwick
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A new replica cart bridge at Benwick, costing £190,000, was officially declared open on Saturday.

Villagers helped to celebrate the occasion with charity stalls and games, a duck race on the River Nene and a visit from boats belonging to members of the Middle Level Watermen’s Club.

Opening of new �195,000 footbridge in Benwick

Opening of new �195,000 footbridge in Benwick

The original timber beam structure of the footbridge was nearing the end of its life and Cambs County Council installed a new footbridge across the Nene in keeping with the original. County and local councillor John Clark cut the ribbon helped by members of the parish council.

It was a busy weekend for the village as the following day, several hundred villagers turned out to watch over 200 cyclists go through Benwick as part of a national Circuit of The Fens 205km road race.

The sprint section went through village and over 100 top cyclists powered through six times. Over 100 amateur cyclists also took part in the cycle event which was organised by St Ives Cycle Club.

This event was also supported with stalls, games and competitions held in the village.

Opening of new �195,000 footbridge in Benwick

Opening of new �195,000 footbridge in Benwick