Aircraft and abseilers celebrate rail bridge’s birthday

Spitfire flypast over the Forth Bridge
Spitfire flypast over the Forth Bridge

Festivities for the 125th anniversary of the Forth Bridge are being launched next week.

A week of celebrations are set to mark the anniversary, with more than 500 bridge visits planned, potentially £160,000 raised for charity and a flypast to mark the bridge’s special birthday.

The highlight of the week will see two iconic aircraft from past and present – a Spitfire and a Typhoon –pass over the bridge next Wednesday, March 4, at 1.25pm.

Other events include up to 300 charity abseilers taking part in a one-off ‘top to bottom’ bridge visit on behalf of Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland this Sunday.

There will also be a community market on Queensferry’s High Street car park area between 11am-5pm on the same day.

And a further 250 visitors will get the opportunity to brave the heights of the Forth Bridge throughout the week in aid of Prince’s Trust.

Craig Bowman, senior communications manager for Network Rail, said: “This week is intended to mark the start of a year of celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary.”

Queensferry Ambition has already confirmed that the Forth Bridges Festival is returning for a second year.

And the Forth Bridge Live music event is also set to return in September.

Craig added: “We aim to confirm additional public events in the near future.”