I was born and grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. An early memory takes me back to 1990 (I was 7 years old) when we watched fireworks over the Forth Rail Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to celebrate its centenary. I loved the construction, the colour, the purpose, today carrying 3 million passengers a year. I don’t think there would have been trains crossing on the night of the fireworks though! I love the fact that until recently, by the time they’d painted the whole bridge, it was time to start painting it again, with 240,000 litres of paint! At 2,467m in length, it is a little shorter than the iconic Golden Gate Bridge at 2,737m but I think it is a bit prettier. I remember my Dad telling me that over 4,000 men were employed to build it and 57 lives were lost during its construction and I still think to this day how lucky we are to have this incredible bridge on Edinburgh’s doorstep. What a bridge. Oh, and what a stamp!
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