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Community plans for a Forth Bridge memorial get our support

06 March 2012

Together with principal contractor Balfour Beatty, we’ve backed a community plan to remember the men who lost their lives building the Forth Bridge as part of an event to celebrate the completion of the recent 10 year restoration work.

 

The twin memorials, in prominent public locations in North and South Queensferry, will also pay tribute to the thousands of ‘Briggers’ who contributed to building, maintaining and restoring the structure in the 129 years since construction began.

Both memorials will consist of a 7ft upright bronze section built into a stone base. The upright will bear the names, ages and occupations of all the men who died during construction and the base will be engraved with the words: 'To the Briggers, past and present, who built, restored and continue to maintain this iconic structure.'

A dedicated team

The concept for the memorials was devised by a dedicated team of local historians and enthusiasts who have carried out research, rallied local support and raised funds. With Balfour Beatty, we are the principal supporters to acknowledge the support of the communities north and south of the bridge and to recognise the dedication of the men and women who have worked on the structure during the past 10 years.

The unveiling

We, and Balfour Beatty, will help to install the memorials which will be unveiled at an event attended by First Minister Alex Salmond on 18 May 2012.

Exacting standards recognised across the world

David Simpson, our route managing director for Scotland, said: “The work which has been undertaken by the team on the Forth Bridge over the last decade has been completed to exacting standards and produced results which have been recognised across Britain, Europe and the rest of the world.

“We are enormously proud of our modern day ‘Briggers’ but we acknowledge that we would never have been there were it not for the hard graft and sacrifice made by all those who went before us. For that reason, it made perfect sense to us to celebrate our modern day achievement by supporting this community driven memorial which will stand side by side with the bridge for many years to come.”

Returning the bridge to its original condition

Marshall Scott, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty Regional Civil Engineering, commented: "The extensive works required to return the bridge back to its original condition will remain as a testament to the skills of the workforce that undertook the restoration works and to those that constructed the bridge over a century ago".

A fine public memorial

Len Saunders, of the Forth Bridge Memorial Committee, added: “We are immensely pleased that Network Rail has chosen to celebrate the completion of the decade long bridge restoration in such a fitting way. And that the support of Network Rail and Balfour Beatty, together with our many other sponsors will result in a fine public memorial to the ‘Briggers’”.