Ladies Bridge now open

Cllr's S. Smith & S. Pratt, Provost H. Vernall and Chair of Cruden Bay Community Association Hugh McIntyre with local children at the Ladies Beidge Opening
Cllr's S. Smith & S. Pratt, Provost H. Vernall and Chair of Cruden Bay Community Association Hugh McIntyre with local children at the Ladies Beidge Opening

The new Ladies’ Bridge in Cruden Bay was officially opened last week following several months’ work to demolish and replace the iconic structure.

The new bridge replaces thje early 20th century wooden trestle footbridge, built in 1922, which had become unfit for use following years of exposure to the elements.

The bridge is an important link from Port Erroll over the Water of Cruden to the award-winning Cruden Bay beach and should encourage tourists and local holiday makers to visit the Buchan coastline this summer.

It has been constructed out of sustainably sourced timber Ekki, a dark red hardwood with a dense interlocking grain which gives it strength and considerable weight.

The new bridge has been widened to make it comfortable for more than one person to cross at a time, and to allow people to pass by without the need to squeeze up against the parapet.

Speaking at Monday’s opening ceremony, Buchan area committee chair, Cllr Stuart Pratt, told the gathering: “It’s fantastic to see the bridge open after such long discussions.

“There have been umpteen different plans and ideas to get it done and it’s absolutley fantastic to see it open and to see the kids going across it.”

Local councillor, Stephen Smith, added: “It’s been very badly needed for the village, especially with the issues with the previous bridge being closed for periods of time and effecting access to the beach.

“The beach is obviously a main tourist attraction in Cruden Bay which supports local business so this is a very good news story today.”