Hird Bridge leaflet

Arising out of the recent reopening of the Hird Bridge, if you click on the headline above, you can download the commemorative leaflet. It talks about the Balgay Bridge and, as those of us who have always known it as the Hird Bridge, here’s the explanation from the City Council’s Leisure & Communities Department :

“At the time of the opening of the bridge it was referred to as the Balgay Bridge. Sometimes it was called Balgay Bridge, sometimes Balgay Hill Bridge.

At the time of its original opening, there was correspondence about who was responsible for the design of the Bridge, with George Hird, claiming credit.
In your email, you correctly stated that many people now refer to the bridge as the Hird bridge, but on checking with the City Archives, the view was that we should refer to it as the Balgay Bridge.”

Balgay Bridge, Hird Bridge or Balgay Hill Bridge – it is beautifully reconstructed and a credit to the City Council and all involved in its restoration.
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Hird Bridge reopens in Balgay Park

Was delighted to attend the reopening of the Hird Bridge this morning in Balgay Park – beautifully restored. A great turnout from the local community.

If you click the headline above, you can read the article in the “Evening Telegraph” from two years ago, when the announcement of the restoration project was originally made. It was great, therefore, to see the excellent finished result at the end of this project.


The photo above shows the bridge just before the ribbon was cut and the photo (above right) shows the piper and some of those who attended to opening ceremony.

Another closure

Further to my entry yesterday advising of a one-day closure of the roadway in Glamis Drive, also from Monday – but for a rather longer period of 12-14 weeks, the footpath in Balgay Park that runs under the Hird Bridge will be closed.
This is to allow for the much welcomed bridge restoration to take place. I’ll be attending the Greater Balgay Stakeholders Meeting next Tuesday and we will undoubtedly receive an update on matters there.
You can see some more Balgay Park photographs by clicking in the link above.