Celebrations to be held marking 200th birthday of iconic bridge

Craigellachie Bridge (David Main)

Fans of one of Moray’s most iconic landmarks are set to celebrate its 200th birthday next week.

The Friends of Craigellachie Bridge has been formed by the local village council who have arranged a series of events to celebrate the landmark.

There will be a talk on the background of the bridge as well as a church service, ceilidh and firework display.

On November 1 at the Craigellachie village hall from 2pm Roland Paxton, a civil engineer, will outline bridge designer Thomas Telford’s life and work as well as shedding some new light on the bridge and how it was constructed.

Mr Paxton said: “I am honoured to be invited to do a talk on this great occasion and delighted also to see the establishment of a friends group which will hopefully provide support for the preservation of the bridge’s next 200 years.”

On the same day a ceilidh will be held from 7pm in the hall with fiddler James Alexander providing the music – entry will be £5 to include a serving of stovies.

The following day, November 2, a special service is to be held at the Craigellachie Church at 4.30pm followed by a procession to the bridge and firework display from 6pm.

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