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Jackie Kay writes poem dedicated to the new Queensferry Crossing

Professor of Creative Writing and Scots Makar Jackie Kay was part of the dynamic celebrations to open the new bridge across the Firth of Forth on 4 September.

The bridge was officially opened by the Queen, accompanied by Prince Phillip, exactly 53 years after she opened the Forth Road Bridge. Also in attendance was Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who said that people would ‘marvel’ at the bridge in 100 years, and the bridge was given a blessing by the Church of Scotland's Moderator, The Right Rev Dr Derek Browning.  The new crossing will replace the existing road bridge as the main route between Edinburgh and Fife.

Kay’s poem, entitled ‘Queensferry Crossing’, speaks of the bridge as a symbol of hope and includes the lines: ‘You’re the bridge in the sky, the high hope, / You’re the wingspan of centuries, the future’s story’.

Kay’s full performance of ‘Queensferry Crossing’ can be found on the BBC website.

published on: 7 September 2017