Countdown to official opening of new footbridge

Work continues on St Botolph's footbridge.
Work continues on St Botolph's footbridge.

The official opening of Boston’s new St Botolph’s footbridge is now less than 24 hours away.

The structure will be formally opened tomorrow (Friday) morning by Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways and transportation at Lincolnshire County Council, who will be joined by Mayor of Boston Coun Paul Kenny for the event.

Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a group of 30 children from the Park Academy School will be invited to be the first people to cross the footbridge. The youngsters will then release red, white and blue balloons from the middle of the structure.

The ceremony begins at 11am.

The bridge will have to close for a few days immediately following the opening event to allow the handrail and functional lighting to be fitted.

It had been hoped the footbridge would be open to the public on Friday, but the team behind the build are waiting for specialist parts to be delivered, a spokesman for the county council said.

He added: “We are anticipating the bridge to be open for normal pedestrian use by early next week. We will keep everyone updated when we have more information.”