Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Bob Winter paid a visit Bridgeton Cross on Monday, August 23 as its million pound makeover neared completion.
The Lord Provost took a tour of the area taking in the newly restored Bridgeton Umbrella and a new Robert Burns Memorial in recognition of Bridgeton Burns Club, which dates back to 1870.
A permanent tribute was also erected to three locally born servicemen, who were awarded the Victoria Cross for valour in the Crimean War and World War I They are: Major John Simpson Knox (Crimean War), Piper James Clelland Richardson and Private Henry May (both WWI).
To mark this milestone in the transformation of this area of the East End the Lord Provost cut the ribbon to signify the full restoration of the Bridgeton Umbrella, the focal point of these works.
The Bridgeton Bell was simultaneously rung for the first time in many years to mark the occasion. The bell was discovered during the restoration works and there are now plans to consult with locals on the possibility of bringing it back into use.
The Lord Provost was accompanied on his visit by local Councillor George Redmond who also serves on the Board of Clyde Gateway. They were shown around the development by Ian Manson, Clyde Gateway’s Chief Executive and Audrey Carlin, the Project Manager for the works.
The Lord Provost also met with members of Bridgeton Community Steering Group, comprised of local residents and shopkeepers, whom he shall host a civic reception for later that day.
The Lord Provost said: “Bridgeton Cross has been transformed beyond recognition. I know everyone is delighted with the results and there is real excitement now that the facelift on Bridgeton Station has been brought forward to complement the marvellous improvements that have been carried out with such care after extensive community consultation.”
Councillor George Redmond, the local member for the area and Board Member of Clyde Gateway added: “This is a very proud and historic day for the community of Bridgeton. This level of investment by Clyde Gateway in Bridgeton Cross reflects just how serious the organisation is about transforming how the area looks and how it is perceived by those who perhaps don’t know it as well as local people.
“The Umbrella really looks quite stunning and no-one can argue that it in its restored state it is one of the most impressive and unique structures in the whole of Glasgow. But it’s also the fact that so the other improvements such as the new paving, the seating, trees, the bus shelters and the improved lighting make the new-look Bridgeton Cross very pleasing to the eye. I’m really pleased that the efforts everyone has put in over the past 18 months have been recognised by the Lord Provost."
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