Celebration of Forth Road Bridge 50th anniversary

Forth Road Bridge
Forth Road Bridge

A 10-day celebration of the Forth Bridges and the 50th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge launches today (Thursday).

While the Forth Road Bridge was officially opened by HM The Queen on September 4, 1964, the Forth Bridges Festival will run from Thursday, September 4 through to Sunday, September 13 with events being staged on both the north and south sides of the Forth.

The festival is also part of this year’s Homecoming celebrations.

The festival features more than 30 events from music and jazz festivals, Forth Road Bridge tours, a bikers rally, a festival of sport, a craft and food market, a celebratory lunch event, while on the Forth there are Maid of the Forth trips, a rowing regatta and a sailing flotilla.

Other quirky events include the unveiling of the Guardian of the Bridges, ghost walks, art exhibitions and much more.

Members of the public are also for the first time ever being invited to mark a spot on the Forth Road Bridge with a ‘lovelock’, which can be engraved with a message.

Malcolm Brown, chair of Queensferry Ambition, which has organised areas of the festival, said: “It is not very often that a community has the opportunity to showcase itself to the world. Well that opportunity has come for Queensferry in the shape of The Bridges Festival.

‘‘Over a year of planning will result in a series of events that will literally appeal to every age group whether they are from the local community or visitors to the area. Queensferry Ambition are delighted to be one of the catalysts for the Festival and all we can hope for now is good weather and a fair wind!’’

See www.forthbrridgesfestival.com for more details.