Friday, 31 October 2008
Gainsborough Footbridge Lift
Another piece of Hackney Wicks history disappears under the all enveloping Olympic Juggernaut!
Love it - or loathe it - the Gainsborough School footbridge has gone forever. Leabank Square was almost evenly split on this removal.
Most of the younger residents have fond memories of their classes traipsing through the concrete tunnel - from their playground - & onto the Arena Fields. There - they would either do sports, art classes, nature spotting or just eat their sandwiches.
Most of the older residents began to see it as a bit of an eyesore - let's face it - it wasn't ever beautiful. And when we put a request in a few years ago to plant the hanging gardens of Hackney Wick draping from it's roof down towards the river - we were told it had just been sold to the Olympic Delivery Authority.
Anyway - after a few false starts - (and delicious cakes, pasta bakes, olive & onion bread, teas & coffees) these pictures capture it's final few hours.
If anyone else has any other pics - please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get better ones up here.
Always a pleasure to read the fantastic My London Diary - especially this entry: http://mylondondiary.co.uk/2008/10/oct.htm