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Janet Street-Porter shouts for river bridge

Getting ready to shout, Janet Street-Porter Credit: PA

Janet Street-Porter will be making a noise in West Yorkshire today. She plans to "shout" across a river in Burley-in-Wharfedale in support of a 17-year-long campaign to build a bridge there. Janet, a keen rambler, has been president of the Burley Bridge Association since 1998.

Today she's expected to call messages of support across the river at Leather Bank to campaigners on the North Yorkshire side. Supporters want a suspension footbridge there - and have revealed they are just £500 short of the £23,000 needed to submit a planning application.

The bridge is intended to provide year-round access between Burley and Askwith at a point where there are stepping stones and a weir. It is to link existing rights of way and open up a network of countryside paths within Nidderdale's Area of Outstanding Beauty.

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