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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 19th January, 2018)

Giz a lift

Giz a lift
Plank Lane Lift bridge, Leigh. Now unmanned and operated by the canal user.

Photo: Dave (Oy)  (Nikon D850 with Nikon 85 mm F/1.4 G)
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Comment by: Poet on 19th January 2018 at 00:28

Bit Van Gough Dave.

Comment by: Mick on 19th January 2018 at 03:34

I always think Im in Holland when I see this bridge.

Comment by: PeterP on 19th January 2018 at 06:59

Now closed for a month for repairs

Comment by: Jim on 19th January 2018 at 08:22

Fantastic photo just hope it doesn’t get vandalised with one per cent of the youth today if I had my way they would spend a week in a Russian Jail and as one of Johnny Cash favourite lines they won’t do that again.sorry for my rant.

Comment by: Roy on 19th January 2018 at 09:01

Nice one Dave, black and white makes a pleasant change, especially for someone like me who is the wrong side of 76 !! This photo reminds me of the Pegasus Bridge in Benouville, Normandy, which crosses the Caen canal, only a slightly smaller version. The capture of the bridge, (Operation Deadstick), by the Allies in the early hours of D-Day 6th June 1944 stopped the Germans sending re-enforcements to the Normandy beaches and went a long way towards our victory.

Comment by: Veronica on 19th January 2018 at 10:49

This black and white picture harks back to a still from one of the old Pathe Newsreels....good subject for black and white photography.

Comment by: AB on 19th January 2018 at 10:49

Nice photo. A friend of mine had an odd experience when sailing his barge through Leigh, He was in a collision with a Car?? it turned out it had been dumped in the canal and was lying just below the water line

Comment by: Gary on 19th January 2018 at 11:42

Roy - drove over the original Pegasus Bridge in 1987. A new one replaced it the following year.
The 1944 operation was the most successful glider assault of 2nd WW.
Quite an evocative photo.
Jim - vandals? The canal itself could be quite inviting with something heavy wrapped round their neck.
We'd have to haul 'em out though. Too long in the water, they'd poison the fish.

Comment by: Maurice on 19th January 2018 at 11:56

An excellent view of the new bridge,it's a huge improvement on the old one.

Comment by: Eric R on 19th January 2018 at 12:32

Nice photo Dave.

Past mid-day and no comments - come on - there must be some Plonk Loaners out there who remember the greasy old planked swing bridge which crossed "The Cut" here. Presume that the view is towards the coal basin of Bickershaw Colliery. Those trees must have grown pretty quickly

Comment by: Eric R. on 19th January 2018 at 12:35

My last - apologies - comments have just appeared on my screen

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