Couples secure their love with a padlock and help to fund lifeboat services

Thousands of Love Locks attached to two purpose made railings on the Forth Road Bridge
Thousands of Love Locks attached to two purpose made railings on the Forth Road Bridge

You may have heard about love locks over the Seine in Paris, but did you know thousands of couples have been leaving their mark on the Forth Road Bridge?

More than 6000 expressions of deepest affection have now been attached to the bridge and, collectively, the love-struck couples have raised over £10,000 for charity with their personalised padlocks.

RNLI Queensferry Lifeboat Station was one of the main benefactors and crew member Mike Garfitt said the contribution has been invaluable.

A total of £10,378 was presented to the centre in April and so far, it has allowed the team to purchase specialist equipment and has gone towards providing crew with additional training.

He said: “We’re grateful for the money as it’s gone towards crew training and equipment. We’ve benefitted from the profits.

“There have been similar things all over the world.”

The project started after a single padlock was attached to the railings on the Forth Road Bridge etched with an unknown couple’s name.

This prompted the Forth Road Bridge team to establish a scheme allowing couples to place an engraved padlock on the bridge while raising funds for charity.

Bridges in Florence and Paris are some of the most well-known examples of locations where love locks have taken off and have become tourist attractions themselves.

Panels for the Queensferry locks were created at the side of the south and north tower, with love locks available online for £15. The RNLI received £3.46 from each sale.

The project was initially launched to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the bridge, and the fundraising element of the project has now ended.

The ‘Mark Your Spot’ campaign launched in September last year and organisers estimate that there are now in excess of 6000 love locks on the dedicated panels on the bridge, marking romances, family bonds, anniversaries and memorials.

A spokesperson for Love Locks UK, who market the padlocks, said: “The local community really got behind the project, and even people from as far away as Australia purchased love locks to mark their spot at this iconic location!”