Bridge ded­i­cated to Lochaber woman

The Oban Times - - News -

AROUND 150 peo­ple turned out to cel­e­brate the open­ing of the Glen Ne­vis bridge on Sun­day, which has been ded­i­cated to a Lochaber woman who lost her bat­tle with leukaemia.

Dif­fi­cult ter­rain had pre­vi­ously made the glen’s river­side path a no-go area for wheel­chair users, el­derly and frail vis­i­tors, and families with young chil­dren.

But thanks to a £600,000 up­grade of the path and the pro­vi­sion of a new river cross­ing, the area is now ac­ces­si­ble.

Be­fore invit­ing tra­di­tional mu­si­cian Robert Robert­son to de­clare the new 1.5km route open, Alex Farquhar, chair­man of the Ne­vis Part­ner­ship, which led the two-year project in con­junc­tion with the High­land Coun­cil, told the at­ten­dance part­ner­ship was the key to the suc­cess of the scheme.

He said: ‘This new all-abil­ity path and bridge is tes­ta­ment to what can be achieved when or­gan­i­sa­tions work in part­ner­ship.

' How­ever, it is im­pos­si­ble to bring to­gether a project such as this with­out the help, fund­ing and good­will of a great many peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions.’

The day’s cel­e­bra­tions, which in­cluded a march over the new bridge by Lochaber Schools Pipe Band and hours of fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment, were spon­sored by GFG Es­tates, part of the GFG Al­liance, which re­cently be­came the owner of a large part of Glen Ne­vis when the busi­ness bought the Lochaber alu­minium smelter.

The bridge was ded­i­cated to Karen Hag­garty, the for­mer Glen Ne­vis vis­i­tor cen­tre man­ager.

Karen started work­ing with the High­land Coun­cil as a vis­i­tor cen­tre as­sis­tant in 2002 and was pro­moted to man­ager a few years later. She died sud­denly in March 2016 af­ter a short bat­tle with leukaemia.

Coun­try­side ranger Fiona MacLean said: ‘ Karen was a hard-work­ing and en­thu­si­as­tic mem­ber of staff. She was in­stru­men­tal in the de­ci­sion to have the new bridge lo­cated at the vis­i­tor cen­tre which will en­able more hill walk­ers to ben­e­fit from the weather and safety in­for­ma­tion it pro­motes. She is missed by fam­ily, friends and col­leagues.’

Pho­to­graph Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Image.

Hus­band of the late Karen Hag­gerty, Iain, with daugh­ters Deb­o­rah and Dawn with the plaque ded­i­cat­ing the new bridge in her name.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.