Bridge opens up coastal path

Opening of Tony Wright Bridge on the coastal footpath between Port Erin and Bradda Glen.'Guest assemble on the bridge after the opening.

Opening of Tony Wright Bridge on the coastal footpath between Port Erin and Bradda Glen.'Guest assemble on the bridge after the opening.

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The coastal path at Port Erin is now completely open as the stretch at Spaldrick, including a new bridge – closed a decade ago when a burst water main destabilised the bank – has been reinstated.

The new bridge was opened on Saturday and is named after Tony Wright, who was a popular and active member of the community until his death in 2013.

Opening of Tony Wright Bridge on the coastal footpath between Port Erin and Bradda Glen.

Opening of Tony Wright Bridge on the coastal footpath between Port Erin and Bradda Glen.

His focus was in helping children, particularly those who had lost their way, meaning the bridge also has symbolic significance.

The plaque reads he is ‘fondly remembered as commissioner, teacher, community officer, husband and father.’ He ‘helped so many children to step on the right path of life’.

‘It’s a fantastic honour for Tony,’ said his widow Cath. ‘He used to walk over that bridge and he always wanted to get it back to where it was. I thought any of the kids who knew him and if they’re in trouble when they walk over it it would make them feel better. I’m so proud of it. I can go over it and think of him every time.’

Commissioners’ chairman Nick Watterson said: ‘Despite this taking too many years to come to fruition, I hope our excitement is matched by that of the general public and that the path is once again a regularly trodden route from the village centre to Bradda and back.

Opening of Tony Wright Bridge on the coastal footpath between Port Erin and Bradda Glen.'Cath Wright opens bridge with Nick Watterson Chairman Port Erin Commissioners with her two children Kelly Wright and Lee Wright in background.

Opening of Tony Wright Bridge on the coastal footpath between Port Erin and Bradda Glen.'Cath Wright opens bridge with Nick Watterson Chairman Port Erin Commissioners with her two children Kelly Wright and Lee Wright in background.

‘Not only is this a great day for Port Erin but a great relief for the board which can finally delete the bridge from the agenda of our regular meetings.’

Opening of Tony Wright Bridge on the coastal footpath between Port Erin and Bradda Glen.'Guest assemble on the bridge after the opening.

Opening of Tony Wright Bridge on the coastal footpath between Port Erin and Bradda Glen.'Guest assemble on the bridge after the opening.

Opening of Tony Wright Bridge on the coastal footpath between Port Erin and Bradda Glen.'Cath Wright opens bridge with  with her two children  Lee Wright and Lee Wright.

Opening of Tony Wright Bridge on the coastal footpath between Port Erin and Bradda Glen.'Cath Wright opens bridge with with her two children Lee Wright and Lee Wright.

Opening of Tony Wright Bridge on the coastal footpath between Port Erin and Bradda Glen.

Opening of Tony Wright Bridge on the coastal footpath between Port Erin and Bradda Glen.

Port Erin derelict swimming baths at Traie Menagh Port Erin also views of recently repaired footpath along the coast.

Port Erin derelict swimming baths at Traie Menagh Port Erin also views of recently repaired footpath along the coast.

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