Queensferry Crossing: Queen to cut ribbon on new bridge

The new Queensferry ­Crossing will be officially opened by the Queen today, 53 years to the day after she cut the ribbon to open the neighbouring Forth Road Bridge.

Monday, 4th September 2017, 9:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 12:05 pm
The Queensferry Crossing will be opened by the Queen. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Over the weekend, 50,000 people were lucky enough to walk over the new structure, described as a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity.

The first of those able to make the journey over the Forth set off under blue skies on Saturday morning, led by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Transport Minister ­Humza Yousaf.

The Queen will cut a ribbon on the south side of the bridge today and unveil a plaque at the north end.

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50,000 people selected for the unique experience of walked across the Queensferry Crossing on Saturday and Sunday. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

The Red Arrows will fly over the bridge to mark the opening, while a flotilla of more than 90 small boats will sail across the Forth as part of the celebration. One of the first to cross the bridge on ­Saturday was 16-year-old Morgan Lewis-Wilson, one of three generations of his family from East Lothian who were taking part.

He said: “I ran the second half and I was one of the first people to finish north to south. It was a really amazing atmosphere coming in first with the saltire over my shoulders. It was just brilliant.” Shauna ­Killen, 45, from Anstruther, Fife, said: “It was absolutely fantastic, I got quite emotional coming across it. It was wonderful and I’m really pleased to have done it.

“I applied for the kids really; it was just so amazing to watch it being built over the last few years and just to be a part of it today was a once-in-a-lifetime experience so hopefully they will remember it for a long time.”

Cilla and Graham Ferguson, from Dalgety Bay in Fife, dressed up as Toy ­Story’s Woody and Jessie to raise awareness for brittle bone ­disease, which their granddaughter suffers from.

50,000 people selected for the unique experience of walked across the Queensferry Crossing on Saturday and Sunday. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Marnie Collins, 47, from Edinburgh, crossed the bridge with her family.

She said: “I work in Fife so every day I’ve been seeing it going up bit by bit and it just feels like a really incredible chance.”