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Lottery funding helps secure historic bridge's future

Union Chain Bridge on the England Scotland border Credit: ITV Border

A historic suspension bridge on the England-Scotland border will be fully repaired and restored, after securing more than three million pounds of National Lottery Heritage funding.

The Union Chain crosses the River Tweed, between Fishwick in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland and is the world's oldest operational suspension bridge having opened in 1820.

The lottery money is being match-funded by Scottish Borders Council and Northumberland County Council.

Restoration work is due to get underway early next year.

"Not only have National Lottery players secured the future of the iconic structure that is the Union Chain Bridge, but the money they have raised will also strengthen connections between communities in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

"We are delighted that through a programme of ambitious activities, our funding will provide exciting opportunities for people to explore the heritage and stories of the Union Chain Bridge, and hopefully inspire a new generation of engineers from communities on both sides of the bridge.

"It is heartening for us to see that two of the cross-border local authorities involved in Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal - Northumberland County Council and the Scottish Borders Council - working together on this wonderful heritage scheme that will improve transport links and connectivity for the area extending across the Scotland-England border, and in turn we hope to see economic growth of the area increase further."

– David Renwick, The National Lottery Heritage Fund