Joan Bracewell (centre) crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge with her granddaughter Rebecca Kelly and daughter Diane O?Reilly.
Joan Bracewell (centre) crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge with her granddaughter Rebecca Kelly and daughter Diane O?Reilly.

Walk it again, Joan

By BELINDA F SCOTT

JOAN BRACEWELL walked the Sydney Harbour Bridge with more than 200,000 other people on Sunday ? but she is one of a most exclusive group of walkers.

Eighty-two-year-old Mrs Bracewell also walked across the Harbour Bridge on the day it was opened in March 1932, when she was just seven years old.

This time, she said she saw two horses on the bridge ? but they were being ridden by two policewomen and there was not a sword in sight.

Intriguingly, the sword she saw used by Captain De Groot to slash the ribbon at the 1932 bridge opening has apparently returned to the bridge ? having been bought by the founder of Sydney's Bridgeclimb from the captain's family in Ireland.

Mrs Bracewell, still a keen walker, thoroughly enjoyed Sunday's re-enactment walk, which she shared with one of her three daughters, Diane O'Reilly and a granddaughter, Rebecca Kelly. She even has a commemorative cap as a souvenir.

Yesterday she said she also enjoyed the buskers, the fine, cool weather, the music to encourage the walkers, and the happy mood of the crowd.

On Sunday Joan Bracewell also walked to Luna Park to see the vintage cars, which were not allowed on the bridge and walked to Observatory Hill to see the buskers and watch the special entertainment.



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