Oldest couple join in historic event
A West Lothian couple were the oldest married pair to participate in the once-in-a-lifetime walk across the new Queensferry Crossing when it opened to pedestrians on Saturday.
Tom and Pearl Watson, who are 95 and 91 respectively, set the record as the oldest married couple to cross the bridge as 50,000 people took part in the historic walk.
The couple, who celebrated 70 years of marriage earlier this year, were also two of the lucky few to be invited to the bridge’s official opening ceremony with Her Majesty The Queen.
Tom and Pearl got to rub shoulders with the likes of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Prince Philip at the official opening.
Tom said:“This was a true lifetime experience and will live long in our memories.”
It was a great day for the Linlithgow-based couple with Tom living in Bridgend and Pearl currently in the care of Linlithgow Care Home where she has resided for the last six years with Tom visiting her every day.
The Queen opened the Queensferry Crossing on Monday, 53 years to the day after she opened the Forth Road Bridge.