Bridge holding up well 150 years on

January 24, 2018

The 150-year-old Redesdale Bridge as it stands today.

THE REDESDALE Bridge is having a birthday, and it is coming up on Saturday, January 27.

The bridge, which has been part of the community for 150 years, was opened way back in 1868, and will be celebrated with an event held at the Redesdale Hall.

“The actual birthday is on January 23, the Tuesday, but we thought that might be a bit hard to celebrate so we decided to have the birthday on January 27, the Saturday after Australia Day,” event planner Kathy Hall said.

The celebrations will kick off at 11am and the Member for Euroa will be in attendance.

“Steph Ryan will be there to do a speech as well as raise a toast to the bridge.”

There was hope that the celebrations might have been held in a familiar spot, but Hall said the idea was shot down rather quickly.

“There were actually lots of discussions early on to see if we could have the celebration on the bridge but that would be far too expensive, and of course having to stop traffic.”

Attendees will be able to reminisce about the bridge’s history through video and memorabilia.

“We will have a few things on during the day, including the unveiling of a quilt dedicated to Mia Mia and Redesdale and it has been a collaboration between the two towns to celebrate the bridge that joins both Mia Mia and Redesdale.”

“There will also be videos reenacting the opening of the bridge way back in 1868, as well as local people talking about their memories of the bridge.”

Hall said she is expecting “a couple of hundred people” but cannot be sure. However she knows the bridge deserves a solid celebration.

“There is just no other bridge like it, it was salvaged from the bottom of Port Phillip and brought here, and this time 150 years later it is still going strong.”

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