Council continues to fight to save historic Windsor Bridge as demolition looms

Ringing: Mayor Barry Calvert rings the bell alongside two Hawkesbury Regional Museum staff members. Picture: Supplied.

Ringing: Mayor Barry Calvert rings the bell alongside two Hawkesbury Regional Museum staff members. Picture: Supplied.

Ring the bell and save the bridge is the message from Hawkesbury City Mayor Barry Calvert, as the old Windsor Bridge edges closer to death's door.

The Council's Ring the Bell to Save Our Historic Windsor Bridge campaign continues as the Council had it's bell moved to Hawkesbury Regional Museum.

The Mayor said the campaign was a good expression to choose for the historic Windsor Bridge.

"Some people say that the expression saved by the bell originates from long ago when people were afraid of being buried alive, so they had a string from the coffin leading to above the ground," said Cr Calvert.

"Then, if they woke up they could ring the bell and be saved by the bell.

"We chose Saved by the Bell for historic Windsor Bridge because the bridge is at its death knell if it is demolished and we are trying to save it."

The bell that everyone can ring as part of the campaign was originally used for the Centenary of Federation, rung at Hawkesbury City Council in celebration of the Centenary on January 1, 2001.

"Ringing the bell is a symbolic and interactive way for people to express their opinion that they want the bridge saved," Mayor Calvert said.

The bell was moved from the campaign launch location of Thompson Square to the Museum to provide a secure location that is accessible to the public.

The Museum was chosen as it is part of the historic precinct that is close to the location of the bridge, and staff will be on hand to answer any questions about the petition and the historic Windsor Bridge.

They are also able to ensure COVID-Safe guidelines are maintained.

Cr Calvert believes the museum is an appropriate place for a campaign to save history.

"Come along and meet our friendly Museum staff, Wednesday to Monday 10am to 4pm, to sign the hard copy petition and ring the bell that we have at the Museum! said Mayor Barry Calvert.

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