After ten years as Bridgemaster at Clifton Suspension Bridge, David Anderson retires from the post on September 30th. His safety boots and hard hat will be filled by Chartered Civil Engineer and former Regional Director at the Institution of Civil Engineers, Trish Johnson. With several years’ experience as Head of Maintenance at the Severn Bridge, Trish is no stranger to iconic structures. We asked her what excites her most about this new role.
So here we are, today is my last day here at the Clifton Suspension Bridge and in Bristol too, because I will leave from Bristol Airport tomorrow at 6 am, so I wouldn’t consider it as a day.
However, I don’t really know what to say, this experience of 5 weeks here at the Bridge (plus 1 week of English course) went really fast, probably because I enjoyed staying here in the city and working at this place, I didn’t mind being 1500 km away from home because it was really good here.
Today I took the Bristol In-sight sightseeing bus from Clifton Village, it is a double decker bus and the top doesn’t have a roof, so you can view whatever you want and stand up if necessary. The seats are really comfortable. The driver was really kind and told me everything about riding the bus safely and the speaker did that too, introducing himself every time a new passenger hopped-on. The bus does a really long route in and around Bristol, it starts at a special bus stop in Millenium Square and then does a loop around the city.
On the 26th of July I went into the vaults of the North Somerset abutment (under the tower!).
Does everyone know why there are two abutments? And why one is much bigger than the other one?
Wednesday the 13th July I went to MShed, a really cool museum near the city centre, I took advantage of the day to visit other attractions too so I went to Arnolfini, an art gallery and to The Architecture Centre.
Hello, my name is Alessandro Castaneda and I am 17.
In Switzerland I am a business student and my dream is to be an english teacher.
I am here because I won a scholarship and for a total of 5 weeks I will stay in Bristol and work in the Visitor Centre of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
While I am here I want to improve my English and improve as a person, living 1400 km away from home and not having anything familiar around me. I also will use this experience to enrich my curriculum and extend my work skills.
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We are very excited to have signed up our Youngest Volunteer here at the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre!
Charlie is the grandson of Sylvia Weston who has been a member of our volunteer team for several years. Sylvia mentioned that Charlie is very interested in the Bridge and asked if he could work with her on a shift. The pair joined forces this May to work together as our Front of House morning volunteer team.
Charlie with grandmother Sylvia at the Front Desk
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