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Honour for iconic Scottish bridge

4 July 07 08:38 GMT

An iconic bridge is being recognised as an international landmark.

Civil engineers from across the world are gathering at the Craigellachie Bridge - built by Thomas Telford in 1812 - at a ceremony in Speyside.

The cast iron 150ft bridge over the River Spey is being designated an "international historic civil engineering landmark."

Telford was born in Westerkirk in 1757 as is known as one of the country's finest civil engineers.

Anniversary celebrations

It was cast in sections in Wales and transported by sea to the Moray Firth.

From there it was taken by horse drawn wagons to the Craigellachie.

Craigellachie Bridge is believed to be the oldest surviving example of Telford's classic prefabricated lozenge-lattice arch design.

Dozens of worldwide engineers are attending the unveiling of a special plaque on Wednesday afternoon.

It is part of a series of festival events to mark the eminent engineer's 250th anniversary celebrations.

Moray Council was awarded £36,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to launch a festival marking the 250th anniversary.

Raised in poverty, Telford became an apprentice stonemason at the age of 14.

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