The opening of the Queensferry Crossing has turned out to be a magnificent occasion.
Yesterday’s official opening by the Queen was only the formal part of proceedings. That was a day to remember for all involved. And it was a nice touch to use the event as a showcase for some of Scotland’s brightest musical talent, including some of Fife’s finest.
What really lifted things above the ordinary though was what happened at the weekend and what is happening today. The bridge walks opened up the event to tens of thousands of people who would otherwise have been confined to watching on TV or reading about it in the paper.
The atmosphere at the walks was superb and felt more like a summer festival than anything else. Everyone was enjoying themselves and despite the on-going security concerns surrounding all major event the stewarding was light touch and friendly rather than overbearing.
Transport Scotland deserve credit for reacting to the criticism that so many local people were missing out on taking part after the initial mad scramble for tickets. Today is the extra day that they organised for Queensferry residents to join the party. It promises to be another cracker.