The current and previous Lord Mayors of Oxford cutting the Donnington Bridge anniversary cake
7 November 2012
Here we see Elise Benjamin, former Lord Mayor and Green councillor for Iffley Fields in Oxford City, and the current Lord Mayor, Alan Armitage, jointly cutting a cake iced with photos of the building of Donnington Bridge, that was opened by Lord Hailsham 50 years ago.
Donnington Tenants and Residents Association organised a festival to commemorate the anniversary. We had music in the community centre, and a photographic exhibition of photos taken 50 years ago (lent by the Oxford Mail). In the early afternoon we went on a procession to the bridge, led by a samba band.
On the bridge the police stopped to traffic long enough to cut a ribbon, then we went to the side to cut the special cake that Councillor Elise Benjamin baked. The icing showed pictures of what it was like to live in Donnington 50 years ago.
Meanwhile, people with smartphones on the bridge could look through their phones and see the world of 50 years ago, thanks to the augmented reality exhibtion created by the Oxford Green Party web co-ordinator.
Hundreds of people turned up to the event, fascinated by the history of the Donnington area and how it was changed by the road bridge. Listen to Ivor Smye talking about diving under the bridge.
Dozens of Donnington people worked hard to organise this event, including Councillor David Williams, Su Frizzell, Cecily Kirtland, Wendy Hill, John Corble, David Newman, Tim Brown, Marie Nolan and many more.