FM honours bridge lives

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DESPITE the inclement weather a large gathering turned out to welcome First Minister Alex Salmond to Queensferry last Friday when he helped unveil a memorial to remember those who lost their lives building the Forth Bridge.

The event also marked the recent completion of a 10 year restoration project on the bridge.

PIC PHIL WILKINSON.'TSPL / JOHNSTON PRESS''FORTH RAIL  BRIDGE.'TODAY FIRST MINISTER ALEX SALMOND , ATTENDED TWO EVENTS AT NORTH AND SOUTH QUEENSFERRY TO UNVEIL MONUMENTS TO REMEMBER THE WORKERS THAT DIED DURING THE BUILDING OF THE FORTH RAIL BRIDGE.''THE FIRST MINISTER WITH THE SOUTH QUEENSFERRY MONUMENT

PIC PHIL WILKINSON.'TSPL / JOHNSTON PRESS''FORTH RAIL BRIDGE.'TODAY FIRST MINISTER ALEX SALMOND , ATTENDED TWO EVENTS AT NORTH AND SOUTH QUEENSFERRY TO UNVEIL MONUMENTS TO REMEMBER THE WORKERS THAT DIED DURING THE BUILDING OF THE FORTH RAIL BRIDGE.''THE FIRST MINISTER WITH THE SOUTH QUEENSFERRY MONUMENT

Having sailed over the Forth from North Queens-ferry where a similar memorial was unveiled, Mr Salmond said: “The Forth Bridge is perhaps the single most inspirational structure ever to have been built in Scotland. As a pioneering, supremely practical but also very beautiful feat of engineering it has few equals anywhere in the world and the completion of its ten-year restoration project is a terrific achievement.

‘‘All of this has been made possible thanks to the Briggers past and present, who have shown incredible bravery, industry and skill in the 129 years since the bridge was built.

“Above all, we honour the sacrifice of those who lost their lives during the bridge’s construction. They helped make possible what remains perhaps Scotland’s greatest-ever engineering achievement and these memorials are worthy tributes to their skill and courage.”

The Queensferry memorial was unveiled by local men Jim Walker and Allan Smith, who marked the occasion on the same day as his 80th birthday.

PIC PHIL WILKINSON.'TSPL / JOHNSTON PRESS''FORTH RAIL  BRIDGE.'TODAY FIRST MINISTER ALEX SALMOND , ATTENDED TWO EVENTS AT NORTH AND SOUTH QUEENSFERRY TO UNVEIL MONUMENTS TO REMEMBER THE WORKERS THAT DIED DURING THE BUILDING OF THE FORTH RAIL BRIDGE.''THE FIRST MINISTER WITH THE SOUTH QUEENSFERRY MONUMENT

PIC PHIL WILKINSON.'TSPL / JOHNSTON PRESS''FORTH RAIL BRIDGE.'TODAY FIRST MINISTER ALEX SALMOND , ATTENDED TWO EVENTS AT NORTH AND SOUTH QUEENSFERRY TO UNVEIL MONUMENTS TO REMEMBER THE WORKERS THAT DIED DURING THE BUILDING OF THE FORTH RAIL BRIDGE.''THE FIRST MINISTER WITH THE SOUTH QUEENSFERRY MONUMENT