Sea of Green on the March Across Historic Bridge

9th September, 2010
A WALK across the Tamar Bridge will kick off a fortnight-long environmental festival in a Cornish town.

Dozens of people wearing green and armed with flags and banners are expected to parade from the Plymouth side of the bridge to the Saltash side on Saturday September 11 to mark the launch of Transition Fortnight in Saltash.

The parade, led by the Gittisham Hall Jazz Band, will meet at the Plymouth side of the bridge at 10.45am and set off for Saltash at 11am.

Saltash Environmental Action (SEA) has organised the festival and led the campaign for the town to become part of the Transition network. The transition network raises awareness about climate change through a series of practical initiatives.
The walk will be followed by an opening ceremony in the Secret Garden at the bottom of the town’s Fore Street and a cake cutting to mark the third birthday of SEA.

Other events during the fortnight include a Freeboot – similar to a car boot sale – where customers will get a Saltash Shilling for each item they bring, which they can exchange for anything else. They will also get a free shilling just for turning up.

There will also be evening openings of Fore Street shops, a film festival, a green pub quiz and, in conjunction with CLIC Sargent, a recycled fashion show.

Adam Killeya, chairman of SEA, said: “This festival is all about raising awareness of how simple changes taken by all of us can help improve our environment.

“Some of the key aims of the transition movement – walking and cycling rather than driving, reusing and recycling instead of throwing away and growing our own fruit and veg – will form a major part of the festival so people will be able to see for themselves how they can contribute to making Saltash greener.

“There’s lots going on during the fortnight for all ages so we’d encourage everyone to get involved.”