The new MediaCityUK swing bridge was officially opened today by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York,
though it was soon closed again after the proceedings - it won't be open to us mere mortals until May.
There's a short video clip from the BBC here
I took a lot of photographs today so I'll split them onto two pages. First Salford Quays....
I arrived just in time - the dignitaries and media wait while the bridge closes
Once the bridge is aligned two hydraulic jacks lift it to the correct height where it is then locked in to place.
First on the bridge was the media scrum....
... followed by the dignitaries. Second on the left (excluding the photographer) is the Archbishop of Canterbury,
Dr. Rowan Williams, followed by the Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu.
All gathered on the bridge. The cleared ground behind will soon be ITV studios
including a new Coronation Street set.
The Imperial War Museum North forms a magnificent backdrop.
Nobody stopped me strolling up the ramp and I was tempted to continue
on to the bridge but I decided not to push my luck...!
Meanwhile, the 'plough dredger' Norma plies back and forth across the Ship Canal.
A plough dredger smooths out the ridges and troughs left by normal dredging operations
(and stirs up a lot of grub for the seagulls).
Norma, keeping busy.
Another of the Heritage Sculpture Trail exhibits is almost ready.
This is 'Factory Ladies' by David Appleyard.
'Factory Ladies' by David Appleyard.
The river Irwell, here forming a section of the Manchester Ship Canal, opposite the former
Pomona Docks. Pomona was the Roman 'Goddess of Plenty'.
Upmarket graffiti on the banks of the Irwell.