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Long Speeches and an Unruly Scram Me. The ferro-concrete structure access the Auckland Cemetery Gully, and now known as the Grafton Bridge, was opened offir cially on Thursday last m the presence of 1 a crowd of sightseers, a large number of whom had been making use of the bridge since Christinas last. The novelty of hearing the old story of "the largest ieno-concrete span m the world,"' the "unique esgineering feat," "the enterprise of toe Council," etc., etc., had apparently not worn threadbare, aEd a large crowd listened to long speeches from the Mayor and Mr Art&ur Myers, from the bridge committee,- and the contractors, and even became enthusiastic] enough, to cheer every now and again. ' The show was free, and if AucManders love one thing better than another, then it is the thing that direct! 5- costs thsm i nothing. A white ribbon about an inch wide was stretched across the street, and its severance by the Mayoress was an. indication to the pubiic. that the oflkiial I ceremony had been completed. Long hefore the time came, the curio-hunter -was ready with his knife to make ,a grab for the souvenir, and. the actual cutting, of the ribbon resulted m a scene as de?;radin£ as it* was unseemly. Well-dzessed people surged, snatched and grabbed for the unoffending piece of satin tape, knives Sashed, and people yelled m their frenzy, i more than one bJeetfmg hand . being seen I afterwards as the result of unintentional knife thrusts. j After the ceremony a select coterie j gathered m the council chamber, light re- I I fresh-meats being distributed, and the last } sooial function presided over by the i Mayor (Mr 0. D. Grey) passed oSaimidst j a deluge of tea and talk. The bridge is I self is one of the most useful works undertaken l>y the Council for years past, and it is to be liored that the ftatfare hush m t£e gaily v/Bl be preserved for all time. If fins us tone the view fcom the concrete structure promises to beone of the show sights o f the Northern City for many a y«ar to come.

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GRAFTON BRIDGE OPENED., NZ Truth, Issue 254, 7 May 1910

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GRAFTON BRIDGE OPENED. NZ Truth, Issue 254, 7 May 1910

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