The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian & cyclist tilt bridge spanning the River Tyne in between Gateshead's Quays arts quarter on the South Bank and The Quayside of Newcastle upon Tyne on the North Bank. The bridge was lifted into place in one piece on
20 November 2000, by the Asian Hercules II, one of the world's largest floating cranes. It was opened to the public on 17 September 2001 and was dedicated by Queen Elizabeth II on 7 May 2002. Six hydraulic rams rotate the bridge back on large bearings to allow small ships & boats to pass underneath. Its appearance during this manoeuvre has led to it being nicknamed the ‘Blinking Eye Bridge’.