Bridge toasts a ton



THE eyes of the nation will be on celebrations marking the centenary of Maclean's McFarlane Bridge this weekend.

The event is the Clarence Valley's contribution to the National Trusts' Heritage Festival for 2006.

The McFarlane Bridge celebrations will be part of more than 400 events taking place throughout NSW as part of the Heritage Festival.

Clarence Valley Council's events co-ordinator, Fiona Foulkes, said the national celebration would explore the places, structures, industries, items and the people behind our industrial heritage.

The celebrations get underway in Maclean today when the official souvenir booklet will be launched at the council foyer in Maclean at 5.30pm.

Tomorrow there will be a parade leaving the Maclean Post Office at 10.15am.

It will cross the bridge for the ceremonial unveiling of a plaque at 11am.

The town's showground then takes over at noon, hosting a picnic lunch, sports and fun activities for the children.



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