Camelon bridge has story to tell

The Dorrator Bridge which connects Larbert with Camelon is about to be replaced
The Dorrator Bridge which connects Larbert with Camelon is about to be replaced
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It is the footbridge that has linked two communities on either side of the River Carron for 121 years.

Now the Dorrator Bridge - known locally as ‘the swing bridge’ - has reached the end of its working life and is in the process of being replaced with a new structure as part of a council-backed scheme to upgrade the footpath network between Camelon and Larbert.

But the historic crossing won’t be forgotten thanks to a community-led project.

Christine Bell, project officer for Communities Along the Carron Association (CAtCA), is looking to hear from anyone with stories or information about the swing bridge that they would like to share.

“We’ve already been in discussion with Larbert and Stenhousemuir Community Council.

“Unfortunately no similar organisation exists in Camelon, but we don’t want people from there to feel left out, so I’d appeal to anyone that might have some interesting stories about the bridge to get in touch.”

The Dorrator Bridge opened in 1893 and was the work of engineer Louis Harper. His grandson Douglas Harper, a former consultant surgeon at Falkirk Royal Infirmary, recently met with CAtCA to explain the family connection.

The bridge is being replaced with a new £350,000 structure and forms the latest part of the ambitious Carron Loop footpath scheme devised by Falkirk Council, Central Scotland Forrest Trust and CAtCA which aims to improve access between Larbert, Stenhousemuir, Camelon, Mungal and Bainsford for walkers and cyclists.

To contact Christine, call (01324) 501962 or email