Readers have been in touch trying to solve the mystery behind images of the Tay Road Bridge construction that have recently come to light.
The Tele previously revealed unseen images of the iconic bridge’s construction in 1965.
The pictures, bought a Hilltown Indoor Market, show dignitaries being given a tour of the site.
However, mystery surrounded those pictured.
Barry Chalmers who bought the pictures hoped Tele readers would be able to shed some light on the historic images.
We have been contacted by readers who may have an idea about those in the images. Here’s what they had to say…
Linda Jackson emailed first. She said: “The first picture: the man on the right is Graham Thompson of Timex, the old man is that not Garnet Wilson [former Lord Provost]?
“Shame we couldn’t get a close up because I am sure my dad would have been there Bailie E Jennings. I was lucky to be at the official opening. Happy memories.”
Linda McCann was next to provide a theory and claims the construction provided a temporary walkway to Fife.
She said: “The photographs showing people on the Tay Road Bridge whilst it was being built may have been taken to mark the completion of the temporary bridge which made it possible to walk from Dundee to Fife.
“I remember my dad telling me he was among those who walked over it. I think the carriageway of the bridge was built from the bridge underneath.
“He took photographs similar to these from when construction started, and would often spend a Sunday afternoon there with friends as he knew people who worked on the bridge, and he was friends with the man who owned Logan Construction.
“All the photographs he took were on 35mm slides and I still have quite a few, and possibly some cine film. We attended the opening ceremony as well, and I have photos of that too.
“As noted in your report, there was scant regard for health and safety and the only protection my dad and his friends had was their sheepskin jackets and driving gloves!”
Dianne Anderson backed up Linda Jackson’s theory that the old man in the middle was Garnet Wilson. She said: “I believe the gentleman in the centre of the first photo could be my grandfather, Sir Garnet Wilson, who was Lord Provost of Dundee 1940-1946.
“He would have been 80 at the time of this photo. I have spoken to my father, who cannot remember the visit being mentioned to him, although they were working together in GL Wilson’s store, Murraygate.”
Brian Hutton was also in touch, however he believes the man on the right of the first image is Willie Ingram and not, as Linda Jackson believes, Graham Thompson.
He said: “The man rubbing his hands together at the front of the main image on the page looks to me like Willie Ingram.
“As far as I know he was heavily involved in the engineering of the construction and I met him a lot back between 1979 and his death in the mid 80’s at my father-in-law’s house where he would visit for Sunday dinner quite often. His niece was Joan Ingram, a newsreader on Radio Tay, Grampain News and North Tonight.
“I am not 100% sure it is him but it does look like a younger version of the man I describe, and he certainly was involved in it’s construction.”
So we’ve had some information, but nothing concrete.
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