ICE President George Fleming recently visited the Northern Counties association. During his stay, he toured the site of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge which will span the River Tyne. The 'winking eye' foot and cycle bridge is a 600 tonne structure which will appear like a giant eyelid slowly opening. It will turn on pivots on either side of theriver to form an arch, allowing ships to pass. Completion is due next Easter. Pictured (left to right) are Harbour & General contract manager Steve Aspinall, George Fleming and Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council director of engineering John Johnson. During his visit the President was presented with a cheque for £1,000 in aid of the engineering charity, the Telford Challenge. The money was raised at the association's annual dinner.