Forth Bridges Festival spectacle

Forth Bridge 50th Anniversary Media Launch' Confetti Display courtesy 21cc Fireworks on splashdown
Forth Bridge 50th Anniversary Media Launch' Confetti Display courtesy 21cc Fireworks on splashdown
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The line-up for the Forth Bridges Festival next September was unveiled earlier this week and it promises something for everyone and all ages.

The 10-day event, from September 4 to 13, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge and is one of the key events in the Homecoming Scotland 2014 calendar.

The programme includes the Forth Bridges House Party at Hopetoun House on Saturday, September 6; a torchlight procession over the Forth; a concert featuring local band Bwani Junction; a flotilla on the Forth; a biker rally; a historic haunted walk; a rowing challenge between teams from North and South Queensferry, the world’s biggest sit-down lunch on both sides of the Forth; trips to the top of the Forth Road Bridge, and a spectacular firework display to finish off the celebrations.

Launching the festival, Tony Martin, vice convener of the Forth Estuary Transport Authority, said: ‘‘It’s fantastic to take this opportunity to celebrate this golden milestone with a real party atmosphere that everyone can take part in.’’

Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, added: ‘‘The Forth Bridges Festival will be a landmark event in the year that Scotland Welcomes the World.’’

Malcolm Brown, chairman of Queensferry Ambition, which is sponsoring key events, continued: ‘‘The Festival really does have something for everyone - business, the wider community and of course the thousands of visitors who will make this a really special time.’’

Keith Giblett, chairman of Queensferry and District Community Council, added: ‘‘It is a very exciting and comprehensive programme. It is an exciting time for Queensferry and will look for the community to get behind it.”

The full programme is Thursday, September 4, 2014 - Official Burthday Reception and Art Trail Exhibition launch; Friday, September 5, Scrapbooks official launch and ancestral day and Bwani Bridgestock; Saturday, September 6, Forth Bridges House Party, Queensferry Rowing Regatta, Torchlight Procession, Mark Your Spot on Forth Road Bridge; Sunday, September 7, Boat Flotilla, Biker Rally; Tuesday, September 9, Ultimate Bridge Experience, Birdge Tour Boat Trips; Wednesday, September 10, Historic Haunted Walk; Friday, September 12, Unveilng of Guardian of the Bridges; Saturday, September 13, Queensferry Rowing Challenge, Scotland welcomes the World to Lunch, 50th Birthday Firework Display, Tower Top Tours.

Go to www.forthbridgesfestival.com to find out more.