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Albert Bridge - Scotland's British Heritage

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Published on May 14, 2013

Alistair McConnachie of aForceForGood.org.uk visits Albert Bridge in Glasgow, which is going to be renovated in time for the British Commonwealth Games in 2014. He points out that this outstanding Bridge was made to last by our Victorian ancestors, and its structure is sound. It only needs a little bit of love and caring attention to prepare it to face the years ahead - a bit like the union of our United Kingdom itself.
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My name's Alistair McConnachie. It's Tuesday the 14th of May 2013 and I'm here today in the Great British City of Glasgow.

I'm standing beside Albert Bridge, which is one of the main thoroughfares into Glasgow city centre.

And during the 2014 British Commonwealth Games, it's going to be one of the main routes to the Games.

It's been standing here since 1871 and it's named after Queen Victoria's consort, Prince Albert.

It's a great example of Victorian Engineering and Architecture, and a great example of Scotland's British Heritage, which is all around us.

I'm going to make a comparison here between this Bridge, and the state of the Union, itself.

On the face of it, this Bridge appears to have seen better days.

Let's take a look around.

So, while it may appear to have seen better days, when you look closely at the structure, you can see that it is still very sound.

Like everything our Victorian ancestors did, they built this bridge to last.

And so there's no need to tear this bridge down. There's no need to break it in half. There's no need to split it up.

It is still an outstanding example of engineering which is here to stay.

All it needs is a little bit of renovation in order to rejuvenate it for the years ahead.

It's still a very good example of a British creation, whose structure is basically sound, and just needs a little bit of attention in order, not only to restore it to its former glory, but also to prepare it for the challenges of the years ahead.

And the good news is that's going to be done!

The Council are spending upwards of £2.6 million pounds this year, in order to scrub it up in time for the British Commonwealth Games next year.

They're going to replace all the iron capping that's broken. They're going to grit-blast the surface. Then they're going to repaint it in its original colours. And then they're going to install new lighting which will replicate the original lighting.

So it's going to look good in time for the British Commonwealth Games next year.

And we'll be back next year to see what it looks like.

In the meantime we're going to be travelling around Glasgow and throughout Scotland to identify some of the cultural, and social, and historical, and architectural, and military, and religious, and economic themes which help us to illustrate why we are where we are today.

Which help to Paint the Big Picture of Scotland in Britain.

In the meantime you can go to our website a Force For Good dot org dot uk.

You can sign up to our free email newsletter there.

You can follow us on Twitter at UK a Force For Good.

And you can watch these other YouTube videos. This is the second in a long series which we've got planned for the next 18 months.

My name's Alistair McConnachie and this has been A Force For Good Production.
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