Fundraising efforts from last year’s Forth Bridges Festival have resulted in the Forth Estuary Transport Authority donating more than £10,000 to the RNLI in Queensferry.
A fantastic £10,378.60 was raised from the Festival’s Lovelocks initiative, whereby couples were invited to place an engraved padlock on the eastern walkway of the famous Bridge, with a portion of the cost donated to charity.
Tony Martin, vice-con- vener of the Forth Estuary Transport Authority, said: “We have had a close working relationship with the local lifeboat station for many years now, so it made sense that the money raised by the lovelocks was donated to the RNLI.
‘‘The lifeboat station does an essential job in protecting lives in, on and around the Forth, and we are thrilled to be able to make such a sizeable donation to help in its efforts.”
David Smart, RNLI Queensferry Lifeboat Station operations manager added: “We are extremely grateful to FETA for this generous donation, as it will go a long way to meeting our annual objective of making the Queensferry Lifeboat Station, the busiest inshore lifeboat in Scotland, financially self- sufficient.”
The successful Forth Bridges Festival took place last year between September 4-13 to mark the 50th birthday of the Forth Road Bridge, as well as three centuries of bridge building on the Forth.
The event featured tower trips, a major outdoor lunch and a spectacular fireworks display.