Family of dad who died on Queensferry Crossing walk in his honour

Collect of joiner Wullie McColm, 51, who died while building the new Queenferry Bridge Crossing in 2012, with his son Jack. Picture: CP
Collect of joiner Wullie McColm, 51, who died while building the new Queenferry Bridge Crossing in 2012, with his son Jack. Picture: CP
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The family of a man who died while working on the new Queensferry Crossing described walking across the structure as a “truly amazing experience”.

Wullie McColm, 51, died after having a heart attack while working on the structure on 29 August 2012.

Wullie McColm's son Jake McColm, 14, step daughter, Gemma Moore, 29 and wife Catherin McColm, 50 walking across the Queensferry Crossing. Picture: CP

Wullie McColm's son Jake McColm, 14, step daughter, Gemma Moore, 29 and wife Catherin McColm, 50 walking across the Queensferry Crossing. Picture: CP

His wife Catherine, 50, son Jake, 14, and stepdaughter Gemma Moore, 29, were among the 50,000 people who crossed the new bridge yesterday.

They joined representatives of the bridge workforce who practised with the ribbon before the arrival of the Royal party.

Childminder Catherine said: “The event was awesome and it ended up that myself Gemma and Jake were the very last members of the public to cross the bridge.

“We had it all to ourselves.

“It was a truly amazing experience and the perfect end to an emotional week.”

Catherine said the timing of the walk was very fitting for her family to take part in, in memory of her late husband.

The couple were just days away from celebrating their six year wedding anniversary, on September 1, when Wullie died.

She said: “We all just felt so proud Wullie was part of building the bridge, even it was towards the start, just made it all the more special.”

Wullie’s co-workers put up a plaque up at the crossing to commemorate the popular dad with the words “Wullie’s Base”.

Catherine explained: “His plaque is under the water on one of the bases he built, which the bridge stands on.

“But it would just be lovely if there was a plaque in memory of Wullie and the other man who died while working on the bridge.”

“I just want to thank everyone who made it possible for us to cross the bridge. The support we have received has been amazing.”

The Queen accompanied by Prince Philip opened the Queensferry Crossing on the 53rd anniversary of the day she opened the Forth Road Bridge.