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ICE President unveils plaque to honour Wales Cymru colleague

15 July 2022

Industry members gathered to commemorate the former North Wales chair, Bob Daimond, who was devoted to the Menai Suspension Bridge.

ICE President unveils plaque to honour Wales Cymru colleague
ICE President Ed McCann gave a speech at the ceremony.

ICE President Ed McCann has unveiled a commemorative plaque at the Menai Suspension Bridge in Wales to honour former regional chair, Bob Daimond.

ICE Wales Cymru member and former chair of the North Wales branch, Daimond was an avid supporter of the bridge.

He was an early trustee of the Menai Bridge Community Heritage Trust, which was founded in 1997 to preserve the heritage of the bridge for the community.

Members and the public can visit the plaque on the Green, located under the bridge.

Daimond died on 19 February 2020, aged 74.

Devoted to the bridge

Daimond was also involved in creating the trust as a charity. He became chairman in 2010 and held the post of treasurer until 2019.

He became a global resource on the two famous bridges over the Menai Strait: the Menai Suspension Bridge, built by Thomas Telford, and Britannia Bridge, built by Robert Stephenson.

His book “The Menai Suspension Bridge: the first 200 years” was published in August 2019 to mark the anniversary of the first stone being laid 200 years earlier.

A chance to learn about the bridge

Daimond worked closely with the nationally recognised Canolfan Thomas Telford Museum, which is temporarily housing the Menai Heritage Exhibition.

A permanent home for the exhibition is currently being developed at Princes Pier on the waterfront by Menai Bridge.

It’s hoped that the exhibition will continue Daimond’s interest and love for the civil engineering feat that is the Menai Suspension Bridge.

  • Belinda Thomas, communications lead at ICE Wales Cymru