4 September 2017
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon accompanied Her Majesty The Queen for the official opening of the Queensferry Crossing.
The event followed the weekend’s celebrations when almost 50,000 members of the public had the once in a lifetime opportunity to walk across the new bridge before it becomes a transport link without pedestrian access.
Following a ribbon cutting ceremony on the south side of the bridge, where the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland blessed the new crossing, The Queen was accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to an event on the north side where the Queensferry Crossing was officially declared open.
This was followed by a traditional folk performance by singer Karine Polwart, the recital of a specially commissioned poem by Scotland’s Makar, as well as performances by, among others, KT Tunstall and King Creosote.
The First Minister said:
To the 15,000 men and women who played a part in constructing this magnificent Queensferry Crossing I say, lift your eyes to this wonder of our age and think of this. On this day, 100 years from now, as a future generation gathers to mark its centenary, they will gaze at these towers and still marvel at what you have achieved.
On behalf of the people of Scotland today, I thank you and I salute you. The nation’s heart is bursting with pride at what you have created.
Together, the three Forth bridges will bring people from around the world to admire their ingenuity and their beauty. It is an honour to have Her Majesty The Queen opening the new bridge for Scotland’s communities, just as she opened the Forth Road Bridge.”
On Saturday the First Minister, accompanied by Transport Minister Humza Yousaf, joined with some of the luckyballot winner – drawn from almost 250,000 entries – had had the unique opportunity to walk the new 1.7-mile route across the Forth.
The First Minister added:
Walking across the new Queensferry Crossing was a once in a lifetime experience. It’s only right that the public had the chance of an up close and personal look at this amazing structure and see the stunning engineering and views for themselves.”
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You can watch a video from today’s official opening here: