Forth Bridge to host crowd for 50th birthday parade

CROWDS will be allowed onto the Forth Road Bridge for the first time since its opening to watch a parade marking its 50th birthday next year, officials revealed yesterday.

Up to 12,500 people will be permitted to walk onto one of the carriageways of the 1.6 mile-long crossing – Scotland’s largest man-made structure – to see a procession of bands, floats and vintage cars from the 1960s on the opposite carriageway.

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The event, on Sunday 7 September, 2014, could also include the first-ever parachute jump onto the bridge, being planned by the Golden Lions Scottish Infantry Parachute Display Team.

It will be accompanied by a flotilla of boats in the Forth and an air display overhead, with the bridge being closed to traffic for several hours during the morning event.

The celebrations form part of a ten-day Forth Bridges Festival, culminating in a fireworks display on the bridge and nearby barges on 13 September.