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Sweethearts put ‘love locks’ on new Boston bridge

A padlock on the new St Botolph's Bridge

A padlock on the new St Botolph's Bridge

 

Couples have begun placing ‘love locks’ on Boston’s new footbridge in a move that mirrors the romantic symbols placed on structures in places such as Paris and Cologne.

Four locks have already been placed on the new £750,000 St Botolph’s Bridge, which opened in February and spans the Haven between the police station and Stump.

The padlocks display the name of a couple and are a symbol of their love, with the keys typically thrown away as testament to an unbreakable bond.

In Paris, locks have overtaken the Ponts Des Arts near the Louvre (inset) while they can be found on Hohenzollern Bridge, which crosses the Rhine in Cologne.

The locks have sparked controversy in several parts of the world - with some authorities not happy to have structures overtaken by the romantic symbols. In Dublin they were taken off Ha’penny Bridge, over the River Liffey, over fears they would cause lasting damage.

What do you think? Do you think the locks are a nice gesture? Post your comments below or email andrew.brookes@jpress.co.uk

 

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