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Friday, December 21, 2012

The Christmases that changed history

This piece of mine appears in the Daily Express

1879: On December 28, 1879, a violent storm that some witnesses described as a hurricane, caused the central portion of the Tay Bridge near Dundee, to collapse, just as a train was passing over it. Between 60 and 75 people were killed . 

The disaster was commemorated in verse by the Victorian doggerel poet William McGonagall: “Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay! Alas! I am very sorry to say, That ninety lives have been taken away, On the last Sabbath day of 1879, Which will be remember’d for a very long time.”

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