On Saturday 20th September, almost 150 years to the day since the bridge was inspected by Dr. Livingstone and other members of the newly formed British Association for the Advancement of Science, we welcomed the IsamBards (Pameli Benham, Stewart Carswell, David Johnson and Deborah Harvey) to the bridge for two very special Poetry Tours. A new way to experience the bridge, these tours began with a bit of history on the Clifton Down viewpoint and ended with a reading in the Visitor Centre. The Isambards created a number of new poems especially for the tours - now available from our shop in a book costing £5.
We'll leave you with a little snippet from 'What sights this bridge has seen' by David Johnson.
What sights this bridge has seen
Since the first cart crossed its span
The final ferry ride from Hotwells
To the Leigh Woods side
The prodigal welcome home
For Brunel's rusting ship
The world's first bungee plunge
Taken by some larking students
The swooping swan-song
Of Filton's Concorde
The mass ascension
You can read Deborah Harvey's poem about Sarah Henley here.