Red Arrows over the Forth as Queen prepares to open new bridge

Red Arrows over the Forth as Queen prepares to open new bridge

The celebrations over the official opening of the new Queensferry Crossing will continue with a flypast by the Red Arrows as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh attend.

Thousands of local school children are also taking part in events including getting the chance to walk the bridge.

At a special event in Rosyth, Fife singers KT Tunstall and King Creosote will be among performers appearing in a 40-minute set.

It will follow the Queen cutting a ribbon on the south side of the bridge and unveiling a plaque at the Fife side.

A flotilla of 100 small boats and the Northern Lighthouse Board tender Pole Star will sail round the bridge’s central tower.

An arena with a 4,000-seat grandstand has been built beside the construction site offices known as The Cube.

The Queen will be met at the South Queensferry end of the bridge by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Edinburgh Lord Provost Frank Ross, who is also the city’s Lord Lieutenant. The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland the Right Rev Dr Derek Browning will read a blessing before the Queen cuts a ribbon and is driven across the bridge to Fife.

Motorists are being warned to avoid the area if possible during the weekend and into next week in view of the celebrations and visitor numbers.

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