The lineup of cars was surprising. There were hoots and hollers, wildly waving arms and joyous horn honking all afternoon in Port Stanley today as the King George VI Lift Bridge reopened after more than a year’s closure for structural, mechanical and electrical refurbishment.


Wayne Doan, of St. Thomas, was first in line to cross over the refurbished King George VI Lift Bridge. He’s joined by Carol Tillotson (front seat) and Liz Gravelle (rear), both of Port Stanley.

Local dignitaries were on hand for the official ribbon cutting.

Cyclist Alan “Wiggy” Wiggin, of Port Stanley, was the first member of the public to cross.

Port Stanley Lion Harry Muir was among the first pedestrians to cross over the refurbished bridge.

Central Elgin Mayor Sally Martyn looks on as Elgin County Warden Tom Marks officiates at today’s bridge reopening.


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