Forth Road Bridge love locks raise thousands for charity

The love locks attached to the Bridge raised money for the RNLI Queensferry Lifeboat station. Picture: Hemedia
The love locks attached to the Bridge raised money for the RNLI Queensferry Lifeboat station. Picture: Hemedia
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THOUSANDS of romantic couples have attached padlocks to the iconic Forth Road Bridge and raised thousands of pounds for charity.

More than 5,382 couples have had their names etched onto the “love locks” currently hanging on two panels on the bridge in South Queensferry.

The project, which has seen £10,300 raised for the RNLI Queensferry Lifeboat Station, started after a single padlock was attached to the railings on the Forth Road Bridge.

Etched with an unknown duo’s name, the padlock prompted the Forth Road Bridge team to establish an initiative, allowing couples to place an engraved padlock on the bridge while raising funds for charity.

Influenced by bridges in Florence, Italy and Paris, France, the scheme was dreamed up by the Mark Your Spot project, inviting couples to lock their love on the Forth Road Bridge.

Panels for the locks were created at the side of the south and north tower, with love locks available online for £15 with £3.46 of each sale going towards the charity total.

The project was launched to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the bridge, and the fundraising element of the project has now ended.

Organisers say they do not know the exact number of locks on the bridge but revealed that 5,382 of the Charity Lovelocks were purchased from their website.

They are also keen to do a similar event elsewhere thanks to the Forth Bridge scheme’s “huge success”.