Visitors flock to the town for the festivities

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The 125th anniversary of the iconic Forth Bridge was celebrated when the Forth Bridges Festival 2015 was staged in
Queensferry last weekend.

Last year, the inaugural event celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge but this year the focus was on its older neighbour, the rail bridge, which gained World Heritage Status last month.

This year’s event was launched in March with a flypast over the bridge by a Spitfire and RAF Tornado.

Last weekend’s festival saw visitors and locals alike flock to the varied programme of events. As well as a two day community street market – with over 30 stalls offering arts and crafts, food and drinks – children’s entertainment included face painting, a helter skelter, mini golf and a visit by Baxterbear.

The huge marquee on the Hawes Promenade hosted a Dance through Time disco, a 
vintage afternoon tea party plus a Ready Steady Cook-style event featuring two local chefs.

Other attractions included street performers such as the wacky Absurdists, female choir The Forth Valley Chorus and line-dancing group, the Caledonia Kickers.

On Sunday, a joint service was held with members of all three local churches.

The weekend climaxed with a spectacular fireworks display late on Sunday evening.

Reverend David Cameron, vice chairman of Queensferry Ambition which organised the festival, said: “What a brilliant weekend of fun and festivities in Queensferry over the weekend as the town once again came alive to help celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Forth Bridge.

“Queensferry Ambition with the support of the Community Food Fund, put together a programme of events for all the family that has been welcomed by businesses and the community.

“From dances, afternoon teas, street market and street entertainment through to a ‘Building Bridges’ morning service which saw local churches come together, it was certainly a weekend to remember.

“In the year that the Forth Bridge was awarded World Heritage Status this was a great way to celebrate and to once again bring footfall into Queensferry, as well as added fun for our communities.”