Willie’s first abseil takes him to the heights of a famous rail bridge

Willie Dunn on top of the Forth Bridge before his abseil SUS-150303-100459001
Willie Dunn on top of the Forth Bridge before his abseil SUS-150303-100459001

A FIRST abseil took Willie Dunn to the top of one of Britain’s most famous structures.

Bognor Regis resident Willie had the chance to reach the 356ft peak of the Forth Bridge before his abseil.

“It was an amazing experience,” he said. “The views were fantastic but it was freezing cold with biting gales. We also had snow, rain and some sunshine.”

His abseil took place on a lower section of the bridge, at 165ft above a shore of the River Forth. It took him some five minutes to achieve.

That short time saw the Burnham Avenue resident aged 54 raise some £2,000 for the Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland charity.

Willie’s employer, Network Rail, where he heads the planning department for projects on the Wessex line, is matching his sponsorship with a donation to its favoured charity, Click Sergeant.

Willie chose Chest, Heart and Stroke because a Scottish family friend died from a heart attack at 52.

He also wanted to enjoy the rare chance of exploring the famous rail bridge on its 125th anniversary.

“It’s one of those things – to abseil down the Forth Bridge. I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to do it if they had the chance,” he said. “It was like a boyhood dream come true.”