Tyne & Wear

160-year-old Berwick bridge to be lit up

Royal Border Bridge
Image caption The bridge was opened by Queen Victoria in 1850

A railway bridge which links Scotland and England is to be lit up to celebrate its 160th birthday.

Each day more than 30 East Coast trains cross the Royal Border Bridge in Berwick, designed by famous Tyneside engineer Robert Stephenson.

On 27 November, hundreds of school children will watch the switch-on of lights on the bridge's arches to mark its anniversary.

There will also be street performers and a firework display.

Northumberland County Council's tourism and cultural development manager Nigel Walsh said: "To illuminate such an impressive and significant piece of architecture has been a huge task.

"We are very excited about the plans we have in place for the celebration on Saturday."

The bridge was officially opened by Queen Victoria in 1850.

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