Red Arrows over the Forth as Queen opens new bridge

Red Arrows over the Forth as Queen opens new bridge

The celebrations over the official opening of the new Queensferry Crossing continued with a flypast by the Red Arrows as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh attended the opening.

Thousands of local school children are also taking part in events including getting the chance to walk the bridge.  50,000 members of the public who applied for tickets got the chance to walk the bridge on Saturday and Sunday, including Graham and Cecelia Ferguson from Dalgety Bay.

Graham and Cecelia Ferguson from Dalgety Bay. Photo: Twitter/BBC Scotland
Graham and Cecelia Ferguson from Dalgety Bay. Photo: Twitter/BBC Scotland

At a special event in Rosyth, Fife singers KT Tunstall and King Creosote will be among performers appearing in a 40-minute set.

It follows the Queen cutting a ribbon on the south side of the bridge and unveiling a plaque at the Fife side.

A flotilla of 100 small boats and the Northern Lighthouse Board tender Pole Star set sail round the bridge’s central tower.

An arena with a 4,000-seat grandstand was built beside the construction site offices known as The Cube for the mini-fest.

The Queen was met at the South Queensferry end of the bridge by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Edinburgh Lord Provost Frank Ross, who is also the city’s Lord Lieutenant. The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland the Right Rev Dr Derek Browning read a blessing before the Queen cut a ribbon and was driven across the bridge to Fife.

Motorists are being warned to avoid the area if possible into next week in view of the celebrations and visitor numbers.  The new bridge will be fully operational on Thursday.

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