All roads led to Queensferry last weekend as the town was the focal point for the Forth Bridges Festival.
The High Street and Hawes Promenade was awash with locals and visitors to the town as thousands enjoyed a variety of events on both dry land and on the river.
The town’s historic High Street played host to a food and drinks market with stallholders offering a great selection of goods from venison, jerk chicken and cheeses to malt whisky and raspberry gin to tablet and chocolate fountains for children.
Further along, at the Hawes Promenade, up to 500 people attended the Scotland Welcomes the World to Lunch event over two sittings within a marquee.
Other activities included a birds of prey exhibition, courtesy of Pegasus Falconry Centre, the Guarana drummers, Leith Community Band, an animal petting zoo, dancers and a cycle stunt team as well as music from Forth One.
On the Forth on Saturday, Queensferry Rowing Club staged a regatta while on Sunday, the Flotilla on the Forth saw more than 150 boats take to the water.
Queensferry Ambition chairman Malcolm Brown said the feedback from local businesses was very encouraging, adding: “The Festival is a perfect example of how a BID (Business Improvement District) can be the catalyst to give businesses an opportunity to improve their trading environment.
“A large part of the weekend’s events would not have taken place without the involvement of QA.
“What has been really pleasing is the response from both visitors to the town and from those businesses that truly embraced and continue to embrace the Festival.
“As one leading retailed said, ‘My shop did more in a good week’s summer trading in just the two days of the weekend Festival. So I am one very happy retailer!’
“Apart from the lunch and the flotilla, the food and drink market organised by hands Up Media was a great success and I am delighted to say that it will be back in Queensferry this Saturday, although on a smaller scale from 2pm.’’
The Forth Bridges Festival continues today (Friday) with the unveiling of the Guardian of the Bridges at The Binks at 5.30pm and the Forth Road Bridge Song Competition Winners Party at the Rosebery Hall, from 7.15pm.
Tomorrow (Saturday) the festival culminates with a torchlight procession, which will see 2014 torchbearers form a kilometre long ‘river of fire’ across the Forth Road Bridge. There will be a bridge party, featuring Big Country and Bwani Junction, and a spectacular fireworks display at 10.06pm which will draw the festival to a close.
Bookings for the procession and bridge party can be made via www.forthroadbridge.org or on 0844 573 8455.