The Day After

These pictures were taken on the evening of Sunday 24th May 1970, less than 24 hours after the fire had started.

Britannia Bridge 24/05/70 (s0002.jpg)

On this calm evening, the effects of the fire are not immediately apparent. Then you notice the smoke damage to the towers, especially the top of the Brotannia Tower. A close inspection of the tubes shows that there is a definite sag - and it is apparent that the basic structural integrity of the bridge has been lost.

Britannia Bridge 24/05/70 (s0003.jpg)

A longer range shot shows the full length of the bridge from the Anglesey shore. Within a short time the damage became more apparent, as the tubes started to rust - their protective paint having been burnt off in the fire.