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Photos: The opening of Trapmaker’s Bridge

The new Trap Makers Bridge in Wednesfield was officially opened by the Right Worshipful, the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Malcolm Gwinnett on Monday 1st June.

Other VIP Guests included Peter Hurlstone President of the Wednesfield Rotary club, David Johns Hon Sectary Wednesfield Rotary Club, Steve Ritchings of the Halcrow Group, Wednesfield and Fallings Park Local Neighbourhood Partnership Board members, Jan Hickman (Local Neighbourhood Partnership Coordinator) and Ken Purchase and his Wife Brenda (retired Wolverhampton North East MP).

The event was also attended by members of the Sons of Rest and the Bowling team who are based in Wednesfield Park and the Walking for Health group who meet at the Woden Resource Centre in Vicarage Road.

The Trap maker’s bridge was a regeneration project part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The project was overseen by Wolverhampton City Councils Culture and Leisure services and British Waterways and construction was carried out by Halcrow Group.

Following the opening, Walking for Health coordinator Andrew Tomlinson in Partnership with the Walk leader from the Woden Resource Centre lead a 50 strong group on a short 30 minutes walk as part of the opening event. The walk route lead the Mayor and guests over the New the Trap Makers Bridge down the Essington and Great Wryley Canal and around the Wednesfield Park finishing at the new Community Centre for a well earned cup of tea!

The bridge was named after the Trap makers work shops which played a large part in the industrial history of Wednesfield.

Mr Richard Rhodes, whose Grandfather was the Founder of the Sidebotham trap works in Wednesfield, gave a talk to the Mayor and guests on the Trap Makers industry which was the main source of income for the folk who lived in Wednesfield Village in the early 1900’s

The opening of the bridge was the first event to take place for the Wednesfield History Week and was kindly sponsored by Sainsbury’s Wednesfield.

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