The Whitby Swing Bridge Centenary celebrations are set to be a spectacular show. Taking place on Saturday 8th of August 2009, events will kick off from 12.30pm across Whitby.
Showcasing a range of Whitby talent at various locations around Whitby, from 12.30pm the line up so far includes the Cleveland Police band, Stakesby Steel band, Whitby Jets juvenile jazz band, and playlets by youngsters from the The Paul Nicholas School of Acting.
Marske Fishermans Choir will sing and the Saltburn Victorian Society plan to dress up for the day to bring a touch of period drama to the festivities.
There will be an exhibition of paintings, photograph competition, archival paintings and drawings of the bridge at Pannett Art Gallery, open from 12.30pm.
A Regatta through the bridge of sailing and fishing vessels will take place at 4pm when the bridge will open and Canon David Smith will perform a blessing of the bridge ceremony.
Scarborough Borough Council helping to make the event a success, has just completed the electrical refurbishment of the bridge and will be moving on to the hydraulic refurbishment work once dates are confirmed with contractors.
Cosmetic painting work to improve the look of the bridge has begun on the bridge hut, gates, rail tops and plaques.
Two special centenary plaques at either end of the bridge featuring three paintings by local artist Coun John Freeman, will be unveiled by The mayors of Whitby and Scarborough during the afternoon to mark the historic day.