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Old August 29th, 2017, 04:30 PM   #41
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Union Chain Bridge funding 'transparency' urged

From the BBC News web site @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...tland-41086043
Union Chain Bridge funding 'transparency' urged
29 August 2017



Scottish Borders Council's scrutiny committee has endorsed a £1m contribution towards an upgrade of the Union Chain Bridge.

However, it called for greater transparency and co-operation over the funding package for the project. The committee was called in to review a decision to increase the council's commitment by £450,000. The money will be used towards an overall £7.8m scheme to overhaul the bridge linking Scotland and England.

The Union Chain Bridge - built in 1820 - crosses the River Tweed from Fishwick in Berwickshire to Horncliffe in Northumberland.
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SBC had agreed to raise its support to £1m but Hawick councillor David Paterson succeeded in having the matter called in due to concerns over value for money. It has now decided that that decision should stand.

Stuart Bell, who chairs the committee, said: "The council's scrutiny committee has examined the recommendations of the executive and come to the conclusion that the application to the Heritage Lottery Fund that is proposed should go ahead." He said a recommendation would be added that approval should be subject to all other funding being in place. Mr Bell said better governance would also be sought along with "better co-operation and co-working" with Northumberland County Council.

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Union Chain Bridge views are wanted in support of lottery bid

From the Northumberland Gazette @ http://www.northumberlandgazette.co....-bid-1-8789675
Union Chain Bridge views are wanted in support of lottery bid


The Union Bridge, also known as the Union Suspension Bridge or Union Chain Bridge, is a suspension bridge that spans the River Tweed between Horncliffe, Northumberland, England and Fishwick, Berwickshire, Scotland

Members of the public are being invited to give their views on the Union Chain Bridge as part of ambitious plans to safeguard its future.

Northumberland County Council, Scottish Borders Council and the Friends of the Union Chain Bridge are jointly working on a £7.8million project to secure its status, including a bid for funding from the Heritage Lottery, ahead of its 200th anniversary in 2020.

To assist with developing the bid, the project team is now asking members of the public to give their views on what they would like the Union Chain Bridge to offer in future years as a visitor attraction, including events and educational activities.

Coun Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “I do hope people will find the time to fill in this survey – letting the project team know what they would like to see from the Union Chain Bridge into the future. It is a fascinating structure – internationally important and key to our history and heritage, and which has a great deal to offer to future generations of local residents and to visitors to the area. Along with our colleagues in Scotland we are committed to safeguarding its future and status, as well as its contribution to the local tourism economy.”

Robbie Hunter, chairman of the Friends of the Union Chain Bridge, said: “The restoration of the Union Chain Bridge provides an unique opportunity to not only conserve one of the most important and pioneering bridges in Britain, but also for the communities on both sides of the Tweed to benefit from its renovation through activities connected to the programme. The survey we are conducting will enable us to focus on why people think the bridge is important and how we can ensure that the communities benefit from the works.”

Both councils have pledged £1million to the project.

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Northumberland town is transformed as filming for Netflix drama Outlaw King gets under way

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Northumberland town is transformed as filming for Netflix drama Outlaw King gets under way
By Michael Muncaster 9 October 2017


Filming for new Netflix drama Outlaw King gets under way in Berwick (Image: handout)

A Northumberland coastal town has gone 700 years back in time as filming for a new Netflix drama gets under way .

Filming for Outlaw King, a period film about the King of Scotland Robert the Bruce, is taking place on Monday and Tuesday. Over the last week, crews from Loudoun Productions Limited have turned the Berwick quayside into the Port of Glasgow, while the Old Bridge has been transformed into London Bridge. Hollywood actor Chris Pine will play the legendary king, who led the Scots during the First War of Scottish Independence against the English.

Berwick North councillor Catherine Seymour said crowds have been gathering down at the quayside to catch a glimpse of the action. “So far we’ve seen around 40 knights on horses and we’ve heard that Chris Pine is going to be filming tomorrow,” she said. It is really exciting and good publicity for us. There are a lot of local people who are working as extras and lots of people have come to watch. I have been talking to the location manager and some of the crew and they say that the area is great for filming because it is so beautiful.”

The Netflix drama will feature the seventh battle where the English king is finally pushed back into his own country. Oscar-nominated Scottish film director David Mackenzie is directing the film.

Robert lived from 1274 until 1329 and the film tells of his battle against the King of England, despite facing devastating odds. It is said that Robert had a famous encounter with a spider after being defeated six times on the battle field by the English. Hiding in a cave and close to giving up, he watched a spider attempt to spin its web across the mouth of the cave failing six times. But when the arachnid succeeded on its seventh attempt, Robert decided to battle on against the English.

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