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Regional daily asks readers to name new bridge

A contest to name a city’s new bridge has been launched by a regional daily.

The Bristol Post is calling on readers to come up with a moniker for the landmark, built to across the River Avon to link the city to a brand new 12,000-seat arena.

The Post has joined forces with Bristol City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency to launch the competition, and is asking participants to come up with a name which will sum up the spirit of the new venue and the impact it is likely to have on the city for years to come.

The £11m bridge, pictured below under construction, will connect the city centre to the arena, which is being built on derelict land behind Bristol Temple Meads railway station.

 Date: 06/08/2015 Photographer: Simon Galloway/Staff. Copyright: Local World

A plaque bearing both the bridge and the winning author’s name will be printed next to the landmark.

Post editor Mike Norton and Bristol’s Mayor George Ferguson will be among a panel of judges picking a winner.

Said Mike: “We are thrilled to be involved with this competition. The winner will get a chance to leave their own personal mark on the city and its cultural life for many years to come.

“I am sure that the arena and the surrounding area will become a vital part of the city. The opportunity to have a direct say in what will become a major landmark used by thousands of Bristolians is too good to miss.

“We are expected some great ideas and I am thoroughly looking forward to taking part in the judging process.

“We are trying to be as open minded as possible and are looking for inspirational ideas, what we are looking for is a name that the people of Bristol will be able to relate to and will become a part and parcel of the city for years to come.”

The contest closes on 6 March with the winner informed by 12 March.


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