“Over the first weekend of September, I was lucky enough to be a part of the team delivering the Queensferry Crossing Experience to some 50,000 people who were successful in the ballot. Hearing that over 250,000 people applied to cross the bridge was no surprise, as it has no public footpath and this was going to be the one chance people were going to have to get to walk on it.
One of the utterly delightful things about the whole weekend was hearing people’s stories – why they were there, and what it meant to them. I spoke to all manner of people, from retired world leaders, to excited children, and everyone had a story to tell. I spoke to one of the volunteers who was a retired engineer that had worked on the original road bridge; I helped three generations of the same family make their way over in honour of their recently deceased patriarch, I escorted a very special visitor who’s ill health very nearly prevented her making it to the event, and I shuffled about a hundred hungry volunteers to their lunch breaks!
It truly was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have been a part of it. 50,000 people can say that they were part of something tremendously special, and will have a memory to cherish for the rest of their lives. Well done to all involved, and huge well done to the organisers for putting on such a beautiful event!”
More of RTJ’s pictures from the day will be popping up on his Facebook page at Armandary Photography in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out there to see his perspective of the event!