Belfast Telegraph

Names in race for new east Belfast bridge cut to five

By Stacey Barkley

A playwright and a blues legend are the inspirations for the name of a bridge in east Belfast.

Judges have whittled down a massive 2,000 suggestions for the new footbridge planned for Victoria Park to a shortlist of just five.

Among the nominations is Sam Thompson Bridge, to commemorate the playwright and trade unionist, whose work – appropriately – includes the famous play Over the Bridge.

Avalon Bridge pays tribute to east Belfast's most famous son, musician Van Morrison, who produced the well known album Avalon Sunset.

In a nod to the area's industrial roots, Crane Bridge has put forward. The choice anticipates the spectacular view of the Harland & Wolff cranes.

The Island Bridge acknowledges the bridge linking Victoria Park to Airport Road and on to Queen's Island.

Finally, Victoria (Vicky) Bridge was nominated to reflect the park's name, which is often fondly referred to as 'Vicky' Park.

The closing date for votes is October 9 and the chosen name will be revealed in November.

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