On Saturday morning the newest of The Auckland Project’s visitor attractions opened it’s doors to the public.
There was a sense of anticipation along with an upbeat atmosphere as crowds gathered in Bishop Auckland Market Place ready for the the official opening of the new Auckland Tower.
The event began with music from seven-piece band Back Chat Brass who appeared earlier this year at the Town Team’s Classic & Vintage Car show.
At 10am the Founder of The Auckland Project, Jonathan Ruffer welcomed everyone before handing over to Clive Auld, Chair of Bishop Auckland Town Team Events sub-group who cut the ribbon to officially open the tower.
There was then more music from Back Chat Brass as more than 1,000 people ventured inside for the very first time.
Many scaled the iconic tower to enjoy the sights from its 15-metre high viewing platform, offering a brand new perspective on Bishop Auckland and the surrounding countryside.
Others took the opportunity to explore the building’s downstairs ticketing hall and open first floor space, with an intricately decorated ceiling inspired by the borders of medieval illuminated manuscripts.
For more information on Auckland Tower, visit the Auckland Project website.