THE pride in and ownership of the Queensferry Crossing belongs to the people of Scotland. In walking across, it those present over the weekend truly claimed it and opened for us.

While it’s OK that the Queen officially opens it today with the usual flummery that goes with such events, let’s not forget that the folks that own and paid for it got there first!

If there is to be any commemorative plaque to mark today’s event I hope it will be placed alongside one that states the date the representatives of the people of Scotland first used the bridge.

I hope the Queen enjoys her official opening at least as much as the Unionist politicians who opposed its provision but who will no doubt now blow in round about her to admire it. Long live Alex Salmond and the SNP for their vision and many thanks to all those that were involved in the construction of our wonderful, classy new bridge.~
Anne Thomson