A couple’s romantic declaration has sparked a new platform for lovers on the parapet of the Forth Road Bridge.
A padlock declaring ‘Jim loves Paula’ was clandestinely placed on the bridge some months ago and was removed shortly after.
However, the mystery couple’s statement of love has been reinstated as part of the Forth Bridges Festival with the launch of ‘Mark Your Spot’, where lovers are invited to lock their love on the famous bridge.
‘Jim loves Paula’ is now the first love lock to appear on a specially created panel on the parapet of the east footpath beside the south tower.
Many more are expected to follow, as couples show their commitment to the world with a personally engraved padlock.
In a partnership with LoveLocks UK Ltd, specially produced heart-shaped locks with no keys are available to order via the Forth Road Bridge and Forth Bridges Festival websites. The locks cost £15 each including engraving and shipping, and will remain as a permanent fixture. A sum of £3.46 for every lock bought will be donated to local causes.
Chris Waite, communications manager at the Forth Road Bridge, said: “We have no idea who Jim and Paula are but we do know they love each other and we respect that so we stored their padlock until the appropriate time.
‘‘People everywhere have a special affinity with our bridge and we welcome anyone who wants to take this special opportunity to make a very personal statement with their own unique memento.
‘‘However, to protect the integrity of the structure, only love locks placed on the designated panels will be allowed to remain in place – padlocks found anywhere else on the bridge will be removed.”