Coming back to the Severn Bridge, our friend’s granddad was a ferryman before the bridge was built (1963-1966). She therefore possesses a number of pictures from that time, even one that depicts Bob Dylan(!) as well as herself in the fifties, when she was a little girl – and allowed by her granddad to steer the ferry when circumstances allowed for it. Three pictures back the landing-stage that is visible on this one and...
...was used by the ferry(-traffic) is still in situ, unused, which proves its quality, keeping in mind the river’s tidal range (around 15 meters, 50 feet!) and subsequently strong currents. The second picture of the ‘ferry-era’, shows pedestrians and a car leaving the ferry. We asked our friend about the waiting-times. She explained that the times to wait were not that long, as there were three or four ferries on duty at the same time.