The magnificent Chepstow Bridge is celebrating its 200th birthday this year. Built by John Urpeth Rastrick in 1816, it has united South Wales and the West Country for two centuries.

Of course, we couldn’t let this occasion pass without rightfully celebrating the magnificence of this structure, and celebrate we did! We re-enacted the bridge’s opening ceremony as I led a procession of engineers, workmen, farmers and tradesmen through the streets of Chepstow. There were stalls, games, food and music as we celebrated the unity that this bridge has brought us.

One of my favourite parts of the day was the convoy of vintage vehicles that passed along the bridge, it was a marvellous sight. The evening saw a flurry of fireworks and music, as thousands gathered along the riverbank to be part of this opulent occasion.

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