Lendal Bridge photo competition winner snaps up a piece of history

York Press: Lendal Bridge photo competition winner James Gunn with a restored piece of the bridge, part of his prize Lendal Bridge photo competition winner James Gunn with a restored piece of the bridge, part of his prize

THE winner of The Press Lendal Bridge photo competition proudly holds his prize at the exact spot from where he took his winning picture.

As well as two family passes for York Boat and a £20 voucher for The Maltings pub, James Gunn, 32, is now the proud owner of a tiny piece of York’s history taken from the bridge itself.

The damaged piece of Victorian ironwork was taken from the bridge and replaced in 2000. However, after being restored by engineer Philip Crowder it was then donated as a prize.

Mr Gunn, whose winning picture, above, shows the bridge in all its splendour on a still winter night, said: “When I heard I had won a piece of the bridge I thought it was going to be an old girder, but this is a lovely piece of cast iron.

“I may mount it in the garden on the wall.

“It’s a proper bit of history.”

Our competition was held to mark the 150th anniversary of the bridge.

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1:13pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Buzz Light-year says...

That's a great prize, well done!

Looking forward to seeing it turn up on Antiques Roadshow ;D
That's a great prize, well done! Looking forward to seeing it turn up on Antiques Roadshow ;D Buzz Light-year
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9:06am Tue 22 Jan 13

Even AndyD says...

Have taken that exact same shot many times - but never at night. Thanks for the inspiration, will get myself out there with tripod and camera. Well done on prize. :-)
Have taken that exact same shot many times - but never at night. Thanks for the inspiration, will get myself out there with tripod and camera. Well done on prize. :-) Even AndyD
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