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Memories of Clifton Suspension Bridge

“I worked on the suspension bridge in 1964, preparing it for the centenary celebrations since its opening. I worked adding lights to highlight the outline of the bridge and the rods (uprights).”

“We weren’t supposed to walk along the `chains’ over the river, because of safety, but we did. In those days we used lightbulbs nowadays it’s all LED or strip lighting. If you dropped a lightbulb into the river they always landed bulb side down and you’d expect them to smash but they don’t.”

“Seeing the lights switched on for the first time was a big event, I took my mum up there to see it. On the night the new-fangled remote switch system didn’t work, so we had to resort to the old iron clamp style method instead but it worked in the end.”

Gordon




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