Bakewell love locks removing plans depart households ‘devastated’

Love locks in Bakewell


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image captionThe locks are set to be removed for routine maintenance

Over the past decade, hundreds of people have added padlocks to a bridge in the picturesque Peak District town of Bakewell to celebrate their love or remember someone they have lost.

It mirrors a tradition seen at tourist spots across the globe.

However, the Derbyshire locks may soon be gone as the county council is set to remove them to carry out maintenance work on the bridge over the River Wye.

The news has left some of those who have left the “love locks” there feeling disappointed and emotional.

‘We added a lock on our wedding day’

Gee Atkin, 26, said she was “absolutely gutted” to hear the locks may be removed.

She and her husband Alan, 69, added their lock to the bridge on their wedding day in 2017.

“We went straight to the bridge after the ceremony,” she said.

“We just thought it would be something nice to do because my husband is into fish and he used to like going to the bridge to feed…