Pictured here in 1952, several gentlemen perform the opening ceremony of the David Livingstone Memorial Bridge near David Livingstone Centre. This photo captures the moment perfectly, although the bridge was not to last and has subsequently been replaced.
Gordon Cook gave me some excellent additional information about this photo, advising me, “The gentlemen in the picture are Tom Fraser M.P. (Hamilton) and James Timmons M.P. (Bothwell), with James Anderson J.P., Chairman of the Fifth District Council, and the man cutting the ribbon was Mr John Mann C.B.E., who was the Convenor of Lanark County Council. It all took place on Saturday 4th October 1952 at the Blantyre end of the bridge. It was predicted that the cost would be around £12,000 but it ended up nearer £20,000. The surveyor was Colonel T. U. Wilson C.B.E., who was the then County Surveyor, and the engineers were A. McCracken & Co. Ltd., of Larkhall, working with Messrs Bone, Connel and Baxter, Steel Erectors of Wishaw.