Back for good – historic swing bridge officially reopens

After two years of closure Rockfish and the National Marine Aquarium are celebrating that access to their businesses from the Barbican is once again possible now that the swing bridge has been reopened. Mitch Tonks of Rockfish and Roger Maslin of the NMA hosted a party to mark the official reopening of the bridge and special guest, leader of the council, Tudor Evan, joined them to welcome the news. The VIP event included guests from the University, City College, the Waterfront partnership, NMA trustees, local press and broadcasters and the business community. Guests enjoyed drinks and speeches at the Eddystone Reef at the NMA, followed by drinks and food from the new menu at Rockfish.

Mitch Tonks, said, “This has been a painful time for us as a business, we’ve worked jointly with the NMA to try and do what we can to help keep our customers and visitors coming over to us, but it hasn’t been easy. The PCC under Tudor’s leadership has been instrumental in pushing forward through all the technical and legal difficulties to make this finally happen. What has been most heartening though is the amount of local people in Plymouth who have continued to support both our businesses and sympathised with our situation. As part of the reopening we’ve sent out a heap of offers to help spread the word that the bridge is now back and we hope back for good!”
Roger Maslin, CEO, National Marine Aquarium, said, “We’re delighted to see the Sutton Harbour footbridge open again as it provides a vital link for both visitors and the city’s community and we are really grateful to everyone who came along to the event on Wednesday evening to help us celebrate and find out more about our exciting plans for the year ahead.

“Things certainly haven’t stopped here at the NMA over the past two years, and we have continued to welcome a number of visitors in to learn about the Ocean – from the general public to school children, and various community groups. There are there are lots of wonderful new things to see, do and explore – from meeting some of our newest residents to getting involved with some of our new Ocean-themed activity clubs for toddlers and teens.

“Everyone here at the National Marine Aquarium is very excited about the year ahead, and with our ever-evolving programme of activities and events, there’s plenty more to come from us. As an Ocean conservation charity, we look forward to welcoming even more visitors this summer and helping them to discover the wonders of our Ocean for themselves – as well as just why it is so important that we all do our bit to look after it.”