Men who built Forth Road Bridge reunited

Some of the men involved in constructing the original Forth Road Bridge. Picture: Neil Hanna

Some of the men involved in constructing the original Forth Road Bridge. Picture: Neil Hanna

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THIRTY men who helped build the Forth Road Bridge 50 years ago were reunited today for a special visit to see progress on the Forth Replacement Crossing.

Transport minister Keith Brown praised their role in “one of the most impressive feats of engineering of the time”.

Picture: Raymond Hay's collection

Picture: Raymond Hay's collection

The bridge was the longest suspension bridge outside the United States when it was opened by the Queen in September 1964.

Forth Road Bridge bridgemaster Barry Colford paid tribute to the seven people killed and the “many” injured during its construction.

Workers were faced with winds of up to 110mph which delayed progress for more than a month.

George Bowie, 74, from Rosyth, who was a supervisor on the project, described the design of the adjacent new bridge, due to be completed in 2016, as “a masterpiece”.

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