Celebrated local figures are set to be commemorated in the final stage of Telford & Wrekin Council’s Big Bridge challenge. 

Launched in 2018, the challenge encouraged pupils to get their thinking caps on for a creative writing task forming the second part of the competition. 

The project aimed to encourage Science, Technological, Engineering and Mathematical (STEM) learning based around the complex Telford footbridge project. 

More than 200 pupils took part in the challenge and a short list of names has been drawn up for the public to vote on now that the project is complete. 

The shortlist include names such as Captain Webb, the first recorded person to swim the English Channel  who was born in Dawley, Katherine Harley, president of the Shropshire branch of suffragists,  Sir Gordon Richards’ Crossing (Jockey Bridge) considered the world’s greatest ever jockey from Donnington Wood and Wolves legend Billy Wright, the first footballer in the world to earn 100 international caps born at Belmont Road in Ironbridge. 

Finally, the ‘Silver Swallow’ also made the shortlist for a pupil’s reference to the bridge’s design and colour.  

Cabinet member for housing, transport & infrastructure, Councillor David Wright said: “There was so much public pride shown for the borough and the footbridge during its construction and we wanted to carry this right through to the very end of the project with the official opening and naming. 

“There are so many iconic figures from the area it only seemed right to honour some of these along with the imaginative names from school pupils and let the public decide.

“There are six weeks to cast your vote so if you want to have a say then make sure you get your vote registered and let friends and family know to do the same.” 

The new footbridge, funded by a Department of Transport grant that the Council bid for and won, opened to pedestrians in November 2018 and in time for Telford's 50th birthday celebrations. It has also won three awards at West Midlands’ Institution of Civil Engineers Awards in May 2019.mat

Voting closes on Friday, 30 August. 

Visit http://www.telford.gov.uk/footbridgevote to cast your vote.

For full details on the footbridge project visit www.Telford.gov.uk/footbridge.