Pro-union group marks 200th anniversary of Union Chain Bridge

A pro-union organisation has used the 200th anniversary of an historic border crossing to celebrate the links between Scotland and England.

Thursday, 30th July 2020, 7:15 am
Activists from A Force For Good fly the Union Jack and the flags of Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales on the Union Chain Bridge. (Photo courtesy of A Force For Good)

The Union Chain Bridge – between Fishwick in Berwickshire and Horncliffe in Northumberland – was 200 years old on Sunday (July 26).

Activists from A Force For Good, a Glasgow-based unionist organisation, were there to celebrate the bridge and its motto ‘In Union, Strength is Yet Stronger’.

Speaking on Sunday, Alistair McConnachie, director of A Force For Good, said: “Ten of us are here to celebrate its birthday and its symbolic role in connecting Scotland to the rest of Great Britain.

“The motto of the bridge, which is displayed at both the English and Scottish sides, is ‘Vis Unita Fortior’, meaning ‘In Union, Strength is Yet Stronger’ – something we take to heart.

“As part of our celebration, we carried all the British flags from the English side across to the Scottish side in a profound statement of solidarity.”

When it opened in 1820, the Union Chain Bridge was the longest wrought iron suspension bridge in the world with a span of 449 feet and the first vehicular bridge of its type in the UK.

A £10m restoration and repair programme is due to begin on the bridge next month.