Hundreds turn out for Elland Bridge fun day

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The sun shone as hundreds of people came together to celebrate the official reopening of Elland Bridge at the family fun day held by Calderdale Council and the Canal & River Trust on Sunday 2 April 2017.

The bridge and surrounding area were alive with activity, with market stalls, musicians, entertainers, fairground rides, vintage buses and much more. On the canal, families enjoyed free boat trips and canoe taster sessions.

Crowds gathered to see Transport Minister Andrew Jones cut a ribbon from a barge to declare the bridge, canal and towpath officially open.

Elland Bridge reopened for pedestrians and cyclists in January 2017 and for vehicles last month, after being completely destroyed and rebuilt following the Boxing Day 2015 floods.

The work to rebuild the bridge has been financed through £5.5 million from the Department for Transport flood recovery fund.