Bungling Whitehall bosses have hit a bum note with Black Cats fans over plans for Sunderland's new bridge.
The stunning design resembles a harp - and Department of Culture bigwigs plan to turn the iconic structure into a major tourist attraction by making it play music.
The hollow suspension cables will be rigged up in such a way that they vibrate in the wind, producing musical notes in a similar way to organ pipes.
But Sunderland fans have reacted with fury to the revelation supporters on their way to the Stadium of Light will be regaled with a wind-driven rendition of the Blaydon Races.
"Sunderland United fans are renowned for their passion," said Department of Culture spokeswoman Una Bea Lever-Bull
"What better way for them to show their support for their heroes than singing along to such a famous anthem of the Geordie nation?
"This bridge could be as much an icon for Wearside as brown ale, Robson Green and the parmo."
Government bosses hope the new bridge will prove a major draw for foreign tourists - but the plans got the thumbs-down from Fabrice D'Ameant, chairman of the French SAFC supporter's club, Les Chats Noir.
"This is an insult to all Sunderland fans," he said.
"Why don't they go the whole way and have it play the theme to Byker Grove?"
The technology which will allow the bridge to play music is not new - it was developed in the U.S. in the 1960s, when the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge was 'restrung' to play Scott McKenzie's San Francisco.
Closer to home, Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge reproduces the chorus from The Wurzel's 'I've got a Brand New Combine Harvester,' when the wind blows from the west, while the Millennium Bridge across the Thames plays Knees Up Mother Brown.
This is not the first time proposals have been drawn up for a major new addition to the North East skyline to play music - plans to have the Angel of the North play Dance of the Cygnets from Swan Lake were abandoned when the cost of making the sculpture rotate proved prohibitive.
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