The opening of the Big Orange Bridge (BOB) was a right of passage for the North Shore of Nelson and for the people who live up the lake. Nelsonites, heading to the North Shore would make a day of it, seeing the sites and fitting in a night at the Starlight Drive-In to get the most of their toll fee. There are some reports of attendance at the Drive-in dropping in the beginning and other businesses were similarly affected but after a while everything smoothed out.
After the Starlight Drive-In movie was over the Beacon Burger was a popular place to eat and dance the jive. Especially when the toll bridge went in at Nelson, everyone seemed to want to get their 25 cents worth and stayed out the north shore a little later.
Memories of Elaine Martin (2014)
Controversy ensued when bridge tolls were announced.
West Arm Rate Payers Association arranged to meet with cabinet ministers who would be attending the opening ceremonies for the bridge. As well 225 people attended a meeting held at St. Andrews by the Lake Church Hall on a Monday night in early November 1957.