Larbert residents step back in time to open bridge

CACA also deliver community programmes including growing and releasing trout with school children
CACA also deliver community programmes including growing and releasing trout with school children
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A ceremony carried out 122 years ago is to be recreated next month when a new bridge and walking route are officially opened.

The Dorrator Bridge over the River Carron near Stirling Road will be opened on Saturday, May 16, alongside the unveiling of a new 10 km walking route, the Carron Loop.

The original crossing, known locally as the swing bridge, was designed by engineer Louis Harper in 1893 and provided a link for the people of Camelon and Larbert.

The coming together of communities was recognised with a symbolic meeting of people from either village on the bridge.

The gathering will be recreated at the opening and the grandson of the original bridge engineer, Douglas Harper, a former consultant at Falkirk Royal Infirmary, will cut the ribbon,

Christine Bell of Communities Along the Carron (CATC) said the event is the perfect way to celebrate the new £350,000 structure and the new path, which is the result of work involving Falkirk Council, CATC and Central Scotland Forest Trust.

She said: “The Carron Loop is ideal for walkers, joggers and cyclists and should encourage the people of Larbert and Camelon to be more active.

“We hope to recreate some of the excitement the communities felt in 1893 when the original bridge was unveiled.”

The new bridge design is a distinctive lime green and has been in place for almost a year. It replaced an old structure that wasn’t suitable for wheelchair users or cyclists, but was a popular playground for generations of youngsters.

The original bridge cost £217 and got its nickname because it swung from side to side when crossed.