Former Olympic star to open bridge

Alan Newton, who won a bronze medal for Great Britain at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, will open the new Chadkirk Bridge in Romiley,on Sunday 29th July at 11.30am.
Alan, aged 81, who lives in nearby Offerton, also finished 4th in the individual pursuit in the 1952 cycling world championships.
Chadkirk Bridge is a multi-use bridge over the River Goyt linking Marple, Bredbury Green and Romiley, and linking to local and national trails.
It is part of a national project from charity Sustrans to build new walking and cycling routes linking up communities across the UK. Designed for cyclists, pedestrians, and horse riders the bridge will improve community links within Stockport, National Cycle Network connections with the Middlewood Way from Marple to Macclesfield, and the Trans Pennine Trail, a national multi-user trail between the Irish and North Seas.
Following the opening, the 16th annual Chadkirk Festival starts in the adjacent Chadkirk Country Estate. The Stockport Council-organised event has something for everyone including a puppet show, willow weaving, traditional Romanian dancing, birds of prey, fencing and martial arts displays, hand ring bells, brass band, and many craft and information stalls.
Sustrans’ Regional Director for North West, Peter Foster said: “Walking and cycling for everyday journeys is great for our health, the environment and it’s fun too. These new links are going to make a real difference to how people make their everyday journeys in and around Marple, especially in getting to the magnificent Chadkirk Festival. We hope to work with Stockport Council in the future to deliver even more routes like this locally, making it safer to get around on two wheels.”