Giant Meccano bridge opens over canal after a year being put together

A £90,000 Meccano-style footbridge has been completed and opened in Bolton (Picture: MEN Syndication)
A bridge resembling a larger-than-life Meccano construction has finally been opened after a year being  assembled.
The £90,000 steelwork bridge was put together over the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal.
The 21ft-long assembly involving more than 700 specially-made fragments, nuts and bolts was the brainchild of childhood Meccano enthusiast Liam Curtin.
The 61-year-old artist said: ‘Not only am I proud of the bridge, but I am very proud of the lovely volunteers who have made this dream a reality.
‘It has been a great effort by a great set of people, who have helped to regenerate a section of the canal which will hopefully be a catalyst for more regeneration in the area.’
Bolton mayor Guy Harkin, who attended the bridge’s official opening, said: ‘You have to grow old buy you don’t have to grow up, so seeing a Meccano bridge is great.’
The  bridge – linking the Little Lever area of Bolton with Moses Gate Country park – is about ten times as large and 1,000 times as heavy as traditional toy Meccano sets.
The structure’s strength was put to the test when 100 people stood on the bridge as one, including members of the Eagley Brass Band.