Out of this world

The Forth Bridge
The Forth Bridge

The Forth Bridge was this week granted Unesco World Heritage Status.

The rail bridge, which celebrates its 125th birthday this year, has become the sixth Scottish landmark to be awarded such status. World heritage status is given to sites of “outstanding universal value” with the aim of protecting them for future generations.

Scotland’s culture secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP welcomed the news praising the Forth Bridge Forum, Historic Scotland, Network Rail and Transport Scotland for the great deal of hard work in putting the nomination documentation together.

She added: “The Bridge is an iconic structure which demonstrates innovation in engineering and is an industrial wonder of the world. It is testimony to the dedication and skill of those who have maintained the bridge over its 125 years that it is still a functioning lifeline from the south to the north of Scotland for the economy and people of Scotland.”

The announcement comes just weeks before the Forth Bridges Festival, a two-day spectacular in Queensferry on July 25 and 26.

Organised by Queensferry Ambition, chairman Malcolm Brown said: “This is brilliant news for Queensferry and all of us must take the opportunity to maximise on this great honour. There is no doubt that there will be challenges ahead in a number of areas but we must use this announcement to work on those challenges and create an even better town and environment.”