Royal recognition for Telford’s Footbridge and volunteers

The Princess Royal visited Telford today (Monday, 28 September) to officially open the ‘Silver Swallow’ footbridge as well as to thank the ‘Friends of the Town Park’ volunteers honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service earlier this year.

The visit recognises the progress the borough is making in becoming a regional centre for business and leisure and one of region’s growth and investment hotspots, as well as the work of the many volunteers who tirelessly contribute to make Telford and Wrekin a better place. 

On her arrival in the borough, The Princess Royal officially opened Telford’s award winning pedestrian footbridge, the ‘Silver Swallow’, which connects the rail station with the burgeoning town centre.

The footbridge, funded by a Department for Transport grant that the council bid for and won, links Telford Central railway station with Telford town centre and spans two dual carriageways and a main railway line.

The official opening by The Princess Royal has also been attended by the Mayor of the Borough, Cllr Amrik Jhawar, official representatives and Cabinet Members from the Council, the bridge design and construct project group and Charlotte Toogood, the local school pupil who chose the bridge’s ‘Silver Swallow’ name, which won the most support in a public vote. 

The Princess Royal had the opportunity to view and discuss the footbridge and its complex construction and unveiled a Commemorative Plaque to mark the bridge’s formal naming. 

The bridge received this royal recognition also as a result of the awards it has won since opening in late 2018 during Telford’s 50th anniversary celebrations – three awards from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and a shortlisting for ICE’s People’s Choice Award, a prestigious global award.

Following the ‘Silver Swallow’ official opening, The Princess Royal visited the Chelsea and Maxell Gardens in the award winning Telford Town Park.

There Her Royal Highness met the ‘Friends of Telford Town Park’ volunteers group, who recently received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Princess Royal took a guided tour of the Gardens with an insight in its history and thanked the ‘Friends of the Town Park’ for their continuous work on conserving and improving one of Telford’s most loved beauty spots, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. 

Her Royal Highness also planted a commemorative tree in the Gardens, which last month played host to VJ Day celebrations, marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.


Cllr Shaun Davies, Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council said: “The Princess Royal’s visit to Telford highlights the impressive progress our borough is making, driving innovative, award-winning projects and attracting major investment into business and  infrastructure.

“The visit also shone a spotlight on the very strong and active community we have here, with so many volunteers working together to make our borough a great place to live in. 

“It’s a richly deserved recognition for the ‘Friends of the Town Park’ s tireless work in conserving this gem of a park, after being honoured with The Queen’s Award earlier in the year.”

Footage of The Princess Royal’s visit to Telford will be shared on the Council’s social media accounts. 

The Princess Royal is involved with over 300 charities and organisations in the UK and overseas and carries out a very wide range of official duties and visits in support of regional authorities and local institutions. 

For more about her life and current engagements visit 

Photo: Council Leader Shaun Davies and Princess Royal at Maxell Cherry Garden in the Town Park 

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