Bringing iron bridge back to life

THE STORY of how a 200-year-old bridge near Broughty Ferry was restored to its former glory was told at a presentation at Dundee University last Thursday.

The Linlathen East Iron Bridge, which crosses the Dighty Burn to the north of Broughty Ferry, is believed to be the oldest iron bridge in Scotland having been built around 1796.

For almost a century it had been left without maintenance, falling victim to the elements and to vandals to the extent it was described by experts as being in a “terminal condition”.

However after a £400,000 project, it has been restored to its former glory.

“Linlathen East Bridge is an important historic structure,” said Martin Lorimer, an engineer with Dundee City Council who spoke at the event.

“Although severely damaged by time and vandalism, the bridge is still a beautiful and imposing structure. The project was to refurbish the bridge to the highest possible standard with the utmost care.”

Also attending the event was Professor Roland Paxton, from Herriot Watt University, who spoke about the historical importance of the bridge.

Art workshop

MEMBERS of Carnoustie Art Society are looking forward to the next workshop in the YMCA premises tomorrow (Saturday).

This will be led by Kirriemuir artist Helen Whamond, who will be teaching the technique of combining watercolour paint with pen and ink drawing. This workshop is the last of the current session and will be followed by the annual general meeting on Thursday, May 24.

Broughty Flower Aid

BROUGHTY Ferry Churches Group is to hold a Flower Festival in St Luke’s & Queen Street Church, Broughty Ferry, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 17, 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Admission is £3 and will include tea/coffee. On Saturday there will be a concert by Tread the Boards Musical Group at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £5.

The Flower Festival closes on Sunday, May 20, with Songs of Praise at 3 p.m.