Details wanted on bridge

Royal Mail Staff at the Craigavon Sorting Office pictured at the launch of their annual Christmas Toy Appeal in conjunction with The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul.
Royal Mail Staff at the Craigavon Sorting Office pictured at the launch of their annual Christmas Toy Appeal in conjunction with The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul.

Anyone who remembers a bridge over the River Bann at the Bannfoot may be able to help with a history project.

Reader Kevin Fox has contacted the Portadown Times seeking information for the project being undertaken by South Lough Neagh Historical Society.

He believes the temporary bridge was built some time in the late 50s/early 60s in a training exercise by the Territorial Army’s engineering division.

He explained, “It was a pontoon (floating) bridge, which connected Maghery/Birches with Charlestown, and was used to bring the army vehicles across the river.

“I have a faint memory of it as do others. But some people are getting mixed up with it and a bridge built in another exercise after the end of the Second World War.

The bridge was the last one across the River Bann at Bannfoot, hence its historical significance.”

Anyone with information, including stories or old photos, is asked to phone Kevin on 07849868225.

The Bannfoot ferry has not been operating for a number of years.