Three cheers for Windsor Bridge

Town Crier (Graham Keating) leads the crowd across Windsor Bridge, to celebrate its 140th anniversary.

Town Crier (Graham Keating) leads the crowd across Windsor Bridge, to celebrate its 140th anniversary.

OVER 1000 people flocked to Windsor last Sunday, August 24, to celebrate the 140th anniversary of Windsor Bridge.

A re-enactment of the original opening in 1874 was organised by the Community Action for Windsor Bridge (CAWB) group.

Those participating walking across the bridge, with "Mayor McQuade" played by Sean Duff, and his wife in a horse and cart, along with "marines", vintage vehicles and representatives of the RFS.

The parade paused on the Bridge where the Sydney Town Crier, Graham Keating, regaled in full period costume, introduced the "mayor" who performed a ceremonial cutting of the ribbon before the crowd again gathered in Thompson Square. 

The "mayor" Michael McQuade (Sean Duff) cuts the ceremonial ribbon.

The "mayor" Michael McQuade (Sean Duff) cuts the ceremonial ribbon.

Below on the waters of the Hawkesbury River, a Replica Bounty, with local canoeists onboard, was involved in the occasion.

The parade was led by a Lone Piper and accompanied by the Hawkesbury District Band.

Many attended in period costume, adding to the festive air created by flags and bunting.

The parade heads up to Thompson Square, from Windsor Bridge.

The parade heads up to Thompson Square, from Windsor Bridge.

“The participation and support of our local businesses and the community has been particularly significant,’’ CAWB chair, Dail Miller said. ‘‘There is little doubt that the Windsor Bridge still provides a vital and viable community link some 140 years after its original opening.”

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