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Thousands of people from the town Tadcaster gathered celebratory mood to watch the bridge's reopening just over a year after Tadcaster was cut in two when the bridge collapsed due to the force of flood water during Christmas 2015
North Yorkshire County Council's Leader, Cllr Carl Les, and Chairman, Cllr Val Arnold, along with Barry Dodd, chairman of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership and many of the town's business people, also joined the huge procession over the bridge.
Contractors have been working around the clock since the autumn to finish the work as quickly as possible, despite the problems caused earlier in the project by high river levels and more recently by freezing conditions.. The 18th century grade two listed bridge has been reconstructed and widened with £3m from the Government and £1.4m from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership.
Barry Dodd CBE, Chairman of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership which works with public and private sector partners to grow the local economy, said: "Tadcaster needs to reinvigorate its high street to recover from the bridge collapse. Investing to widen the bridge will increase footfall which is crucial to any successful town centre. We encourage everyone to continue to support Tadcaster by visiting this reconnected community and keeping their tills ringing. These were very challenging times, but through true Yorkshire grit the community came together and we will see stronger times ahead."