100 years of history on a bridge on the Donegal Road

I spent a bit of time at the railway bridge by Roden Street on Belfast’s Donegal Road yesterday. The occasion was the official launch of a series of 20 panels, designed by the artist Ross Wilson to celebrate 100 years of history on the Donegal Road.

In the latest of a growing number of public art projects, Ross worked with local people to create the series of panels to reflect the history of people on the street.

IMG_0803Ross, with local people on the bridge.

IMG_0809This local man, with a career in the shipyard, is standing beside his wedding photograph – from 1945.

IMG_0810Sam Boyd, known as a “wee Christian man”, used poetry to express his prayer for Belfast (notice the 23rd Psalm in the panel background).

IMG_0806A tribute to Ulster Suffragettes, next to a tribute to the couple who have run the local Post Office for 30 years.

IMG_0807A weaver’s prayer – with its spiritual lesson.

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