Crossing won't be a bridge too far for lucky couple

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A LANGHOLM couple have been invited to be part of a select group of 50,000 who will walk across the new Queensferry Crossing.

Gavin Graham decided to enter the ballot, organised by the Scottish Government, after he and his wife Gaye walked across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

More than 226,000 people from around the world applied for the "once-in-a-lifetime" oppertunity. The vast majority of those who entered hold Scottish addresses.

Fifty-one per cent of those hail from postcodes near the bridge - the newest crossing over the Firth of Forth.

More than 5,000 people from other parts of the UK and more than 400 from other countries also entered.

"Last year we were visiting our son, who lives in California where he works for Apple," Gavin, 70, told the E&L Advertiser.

"While we were there, we walked across the Golden Gate Bridge. Gaye was recovering from a major ovarian Cancer operation that she had in 2014, followed by six months of chemotherapy.

"I applied online to walk across the Queensferry Crossing, I thought that we'd complete the set, so to speak.

"Gaye is accompanying me on the walk. I think anyone who entered was allowed to bring up to two people with them.

"We're looking forward to it. I'll have my camera with me so hopefully I'll be able to get some good pictures."

The bridge, which is 1.7 miles in length, is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and is estimated to have cost the Scottish Government between £1.325bn and £1.35bn.

Gavin and Gaye have been allocated a slot to walk across the bridge - 1.40pm on Saturday, September 2.

Gavin is also collecting sponsorship ahead of the walk and is raising money for the Buccleuch Centre Fund.

"It's 10 years old this year," he said. "I'm a trustee there and we want to raise money for new equipment, such as stage lighting.

"I've got about £100 so far and I've been asking friends. Hopefully I can get around £200 to £300."

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 3:30PM
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