Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Great Crowd on Bernera

The Stornoway Gazette report of the 60th Anniversary of the Great Bernera Bridge observed that some 4,000 people had attended the opening ceremony in 1953 (below). Take the year and double it for the crowd number! It was a remarkable occasion for two reasons - one was that the innovative design of pre-stressed concrete was a European first; the other was that the support for building a link was so strong that a number of local people had started to construct an improvised causeway. This, of course, met with official disapproval which soon, however, turned to active, financial underpinning for a bridge.

Scottish Islands Explorer - always wanting to create links

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