Appeal for lovebirds to remove padlocks after North-east bridge starts to rust

Padlocks bearing messages of love are to be removed from a North-east bridge due to structural concerns.

The River Cowie bridge in Stonehaven has dozens of padlocks attached to it inscribed with romantic messages from couples.

But the structure has now started to rust because of the locks, prompting Aberdeenshire Council to decide to remove them.

The authority is now urging people to reclaim them before they are cut off and discarded.

Donald MacPherson, structures manager for the council said: “The bridge over the Cowie in Stonehaven is rusting due to the locks that have been attached and we are asking people to reclaim their locks before we remove them on May 26.

“Maybe future lovebirds could celebrate their love by taking a selfie with the beautiful Stonehaven Bay as a backdrop instead.”

In 2015, similar measures were carried out at the Falls of Feugh bridge in Banchory due to concerns over the long-term impact of the extra weight.

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