A SWING bridge is in operation on Pocklington Canal more than 80 years after its predecessor was removed.

The new number eight swing bridge was officially opened on August 1.

The original was fitted for a nearby farmer and also carried a public footpath, but was replaced with a fixed bridge shortly after the canal ceased to be navigable in 1932.

A new steel structure was installed by the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society in the 1990s, but could not be operated as a swing bridge until a new bearing, or pintle, was made with the help of a donation by Pocklington Canal Boat Club last year.