Couple's heartbreak after their 'lovelock' is removed from York's Millennium Bridge

Paul Fursdon and Lisa Bower, pictured with the lovelock they attached to the Millennium Bridge, which has since been removed by the council.

Love Locks on Millenium Bridge

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A YORK couple say they are heartbroken after their 'lovelock' was removed from York's Millennium Bridge.

Paul Fursdon and his fiancée Lisa Bower say they will never forgive council officials for removing their padlock from the bridge.

The Press reported earlier this week how about 300 padlocks had been removed by City of York Council from mesh fencing on one side of the bridge over the River Ouse because officials feared they could compromise the bridge's safety and durability, following problems on a bridge in Paris.

Mr Fursdon said he and Lisa had placed their lovelock on the bridge a month or so ago after seeing all the other locks on it. "We instantly felt we wanted to be part of this amazing show of love in a world full of hate and anger," he said.

"We are both deeply in love and spent much time and cost to show our love. We were planning on returning to see our lock over the years and remember that same love for ever more but then I read the article and now it feels like this wondrous thing has been turned into something wrong.

"Our hearts are truly broken and for this we can never forgive the City of York."

Fishergate councillor Andy D'Agorne said the bridge had been designed as a social space and meeting place as well as a functional pedestrian and cycle link, and a balance was needed between ensuring safety and catering for its social uses, adding: "Perhaps a solution might be a designated strengthened panel where they could be safely attached?"

Laura Tanner, of Hearts Together, Love Forever of Leicester, which sells specifically designed lovelocks, said it had begun working with local authorities and venues to provide dedicated spots where they could be attached.

Russell Stone, the council's Head of Public Realm, said: “There were 300 locks on Millennium Bridge and, as has been shown in Europe, these numbers can grow considerably and cause damage due to their weight and rusting.

"We would consider working with a group that could provide somewhere people could put their locks without risk – and where they could return to find them in years to come.”

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8:42am Sat 26 Jul 14

Yorkborneinbse says...

For gods sake Paul, are you for real? Heartbroken my ar** !! Those who have the right to be heartbroken live elsewhere in the world where schools and hospitals are being bombed daily, and deaths of Children are a daily occurrence.
For gods sake Paul, are you for real? Heartbroken my ar** !! Those who have the right to be heartbroken live elsewhere in the world where schools and hospitals are being bombed daily, and deaths of Children are a daily occurrence. Yorkborneinbse
  • Score: 142

8:44am Sat 26 Jul 14

the commentator says...

Seriously? This is seriously a news article? They have seriously gone to the Press with this? Let me point you in the direction of real news and perhaps take a look at what is happening in Gaza, Ukraine and other real news!

Oh and by the way, true love doesn't need gestures or cost.

Shame on you Press for this absolute tripe!
Seriously? This is seriously a news article? They have seriously gone to the Press with this? Let me point you in the direction of real news and perhaps take a look at what is happening in Gaza, Ukraine and other real news! Oh and by the way, true love doesn't need gestures or cost. Shame on you Press for this absolute tripe! the commentator
  • Score: 123

8:49am Sat 26 Jul 14

CaroleBaines says...

For goodness sake. Heartbroken? Its a lock on a bridge! Even the anti-council brigade must see this for what it is, a very poor Press story.
For goodness sake. Heartbroken? Its a lock on a bridge! Even the anti-council brigade must see this for what it is, a very poor Press story. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 123

8:50am Sat 26 Jul 14

Exiled1 says...

"Our hearts are truly broken and for this we can never forgive the City of York."

Here's a suggestion. GROW UP!
"Our hearts are truly broken and for this we can never forgive the City of York." Here's a suggestion. GROW UP! Exiled1
  • Score: 119

9:12am Sat 26 Jul 14

goldfish1892 says...

Press reporting at it's finest!!!
Press reporting at it's finest!!! goldfish1892
  • Score: 51

9:18am Sat 26 Jul 14

yorkiemum says...

Utter utter tripe!! Shame on you!!!
Utter utter tripe!! Shame on you!!! yorkiemum
  • Score: 65

9:22am Sat 26 Jul 14

smudge2 says...

I think these two will regret going to the press looking at the above comments.Try putting love locks around your own property and then they will not get removed instead of vandalising council property and then wining to the press. And really you need to get a life and stop being so selfish and think of others who live in 3rd world countries .
I think these two will regret going to the press looking at the above comments.Try putting love locks around your own property and then they will not get removed instead of vandalising council property and then wining to the press. And really you need to get a life and stop being so selfish and think of others who live in 3rd world countries . smudge2
  • Score: 80

9:29am Sat 26 Jul 14

dannyemmess says...

"spent much time and cost to show our love. £1.99 from Barnitts? It must be a sign that this couple are not destined to be together. Truly heartbreaking. *sobs uncontrolably*
"spent much time and cost to show our love. £1.99 from Barnitts? It must be a sign that this couple are not destined to be together. Truly heartbreaking. *sobs uncontrolably* dannyemmess
  • Score: 77

9:31am Sat 26 Jul 14

Hicarrumba says...

Awww, what a pair of 'Lovelocks' they are.
Hope it wasn't sympathy they were looking for, engaged? their ring obviously means sod all then.
Awww, what a pair of 'Lovelocks' they are. Hope it wasn't sympathy they were looking for, engaged? their ring obviously means sod all then. Hicarrumba
  • Score: 57

9:40am Sat 26 Jul 14

RoastChicken says...

A padlock on a bridge, I am sure there are better and more meaningful ways to show your love and affection towards each other. Very boring news story this sunny Saturday morning.
A padlock on a bridge, I am sure there are better and more meaningful ways to show your love and affection towards each other. Very boring news story this sunny Saturday morning. RoastChicken
  • Score: 64

9:57am Sat 26 Jul 14

smudge2 says...

Good looking couple...Should be snapped up by Hello magazine shortly !!
Good looking couple...Should be snapped up by Hello magazine shortly !! smudge2
  • Score: 33

10:20am Sat 26 Jul 14

imassey says...

Another example why The Press needs to consider when to allow comments. Whether you agree with the story or not is there any need to be nasty? Hiding behind anonymity is so brave.
Another example why The Press needs to consider when to allow comments. Whether you agree with the story or not is there any need to be nasty? Hiding behind anonymity is so brave. imassey
  • Score: -58

10:25am Sat 26 Jul 14

courier46 says...

Have to agree with above comments,waste of press space and truly ,madly deeply, @@@@ ridiculous.
Have to agree with above comments,waste of press space and truly ,madly deeply, @@@@ ridiculous. courier46
  • Score: 40

10:36am Sat 26 Jul 14

Bad magic says...

imassey wrote:
Another example why The Press needs to consider when to allow comments. Whether you agree with the story or not is there any need to be nasty? Hiding behind anonymity is so brave.
These two are idiots who admitted to an act of vandalism.
[quote][p][bold]imassey[/bold] wrote: Another example why The Press needs to consider when to allow comments. Whether you agree with the story or not is there any need to be nasty? Hiding behind anonymity is so brave.[/p][/quote]These two are idiots who admitted to an act of vandalism. Bad magic
  • Score: 42

10:45am Sat 26 Jul 14

alanyork says...

Bad magic wrote:
imassey wrote:
Another example why The Press needs to consider when to allow comments. Whether you agree with the story or not is there any need to be nasty? Hiding behind anonymity is so brave.
These two are idiots who admitted to an act of vandalism.
well said everyone on your views of these crazy lovebirds! some people will do or say anything for 5minutes of fame ?
[quote][p][bold]Bad magic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]imassey[/bold] wrote: Another example why The Press needs to consider when to allow comments. Whether you agree with the story or not is there any need to be nasty? Hiding behind anonymity is so brave.[/p][/quote]These two are idiots who admitted to an act of vandalism.[/p][/quote]well said everyone on your views of these crazy lovebirds! some people will do or say anything for 5minutes of fame ? alanyork
  • Score: 46

11:02am Sat 26 Jul 14

CaroleBaines says...

imassey wrote:
Another example why The Press needs to consider when to allow comments. Whether you agree with the story or not is there any need to be nasty? Hiding behind anonymity is so brave.
It is less about allowing comments, I think and more the Press needing to consider what they print. You cannot be certain how this couple were quoted and in what context. I would say it makes them look foolish, hence comments above and that is surely something the reporter and/or editor should have considered.

Doesn't feel right exposing people like this, no matter how ill-considered their approach to Press was (if they did do that). End of the day, it is a non-story and one which would have been better not seeing the light of day with reporters focusing on events more newsworthy.
[quote][p][bold]imassey[/bold] wrote: Another example why The Press needs to consider when to allow comments. Whether you agree with the story or not is there any need to be nasty? Hiding behind anonymity is so brave.[/p][/quote]It is less about allowing comments, I think and more the Press needing to consider what they print. You cannot be certain how this couple were quoted and in what context. I would say it makes them look foolish, hence comments above and that is surely something the reporter and/or editor should have considered. Doesn't feel right exposing people like this, no matter how ill-considered their approach to Press was (if they did do that). End of the day, it is a non-story and one which would have been better not seeing the light of day with reporters focusing on events more newsworthy. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 31

11:02am Sat 26 Jul 14

Dr Brian says...

Sad People - if a lock on a bridge is what they believe forges a wonderful relationship they really do need to get a life!
Sad People - if a lock on a bridge is what they believe forges a wonderful relationship they really do need to get a life! Dr Brian
  • Score: 51

11:11am Sat 26 Jul 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

The saddest thing is people on here reducing an act of love to "vandalism"
Blackhearts!
The saddest thing is people on here reducing an act of love to "vandalism" Blackhearts! Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: -33

11:12am Sat 26 Jul 14

mel_drew says...

Heartbroken? Boo bl@ddy hoo. Thanks for revealing your identity. Makes a prosecution for littering more plausible.
Heartbroken? Boo bl@ddy hoo. Thanks for revealing your identity. Makes a prosecution for littering more plausible. mel_drew
  • Score: 41

11:31am Sat 26 Jul 14

I'msohappy.com says...

Is it the 1st of April!!??
Is it the 1st of April!!?? I'msohappy.com
  • Score: 31

11:41am Sat 26 Jul 14

The Junkyard Angel says...

Heartbroken ?? The man is an idiot. I was heartbroken then my father died, please get a grip you clown !
Heartbroken ?? The man is an idiot. I was heartbroken then my father died, please get a grip you clown ! The Junkyard Angel
  • Score: 49

12:36pm Sat 26 Jul 14

York1900 says...

Bad magic wrote:
imassey wrote:
Another example why The Press needs to consider when to allow comments. Whether you agree with the story or not is there any need to be nasty? Hiding behind anonymity is so brave.
These two are idiots who admitted to an act of vandalism.
Like most acts of vandalism it is the council tax payer who picks up the bill of cleaning up the mess as we can not rely on the courts to recover the costs to the council tax payer even if they are prosecuted
[quote][p][bold]Bad magic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]imassey[/bold] wrote: Another example why The Press needs to consider when to allow comments. Whether you agree with the story or not is there any need to be nasty? Hiding behind anonymity is so brave.[/p][/quote]These two are idiots who admitted to an act of vandalism.[/p][/quote]Like most acts of vandalism it is the council tax payer who picks up the bill of cleaning up the mess as we can not rely on the courts to recover the costs to the council tax payer even if they are prosecuted York1900
  • Score: 29

3:11pm Sat 26 Jul 14

non pedalling pete says...

Grow up and get a life you sad people
Grow up and get a life you sad people non pedalling pete
  • Score: 29

6:14pm Sat 26 Jul 14

el-mundo says...

I find it pretty over the top to be honest, but at the same time, wouldn't it be some recompense to have a purpose built grid underneath the bridge or by the river for the "lovelocks" instead that doesn't compromise the bridges weight/balance? it'd be better than nothing there surely if people want to express their love that way......
I find it pretty over the top to be honest, but at the same time, wouldn't it be some recompense to have a purpose built grid underneath the bridge or by the river for the "lovelocks" instead that doesn't compromise the bridges weight/balance? it'd be better than nothing there surely if people want to express their love that way...... el-mundo
  • Score: -13

7:13pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Jonlogical says...

Pavarotti is alive and well! And heartbroken.
Pavarotti is alive and well! And heartbroken. Jonlogical
  • Score: 12

7:17pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Lamplighter says...

I have two reactions to this, my first is FFS haven't the council got anything better to do? My second is FFS - you need padlock to prove you love someone?? OMG!!! Both parties get a grip!!
I have two reactions to this, my first is FFS haven't the council got anything better to do? My second is FFS - you need padlock to prove you love someone?? OMG!!! Both parties get a grip!! Lamplighter
  • Score: -6

7:21pm Sat 26 Jul 14

York Castle says...

Did anyone notice the advertisement after the first six comments ? It says LOCK SYSTEMS !!!!!
Did anyone notice the advertisement after the first six comments ? It says LOCK SYSTEMS !!!!! York Castle
  • Score: -3

7:54pm Sat 26 Jul 14

welf_man says...

imassey wrote:
Another example why The Press needs to consider when to allow comments. Whether you agree with the story or not is there any need to be nasty? Hiding behind anonymity is so brave.
The comments about appearance are uncalled for, but everything else is legitimate. If these two think that visiting a small piece of metal is what shows their love, then they don't seem to have a very clear idea about the point of marriage!

It seems to me that many people feel things have to be public to be real these days - I wonder what their Facebook pages look like?!!
[quote][p][bold]imassey[/bold] wrote: Another example why The Press needs to consider when to allow comments. Whether you agree with the story or not is there any need to be nasty? Hiding behind anonymity is so brave.[/p][/quote]The comments about appearance are uncalled for, but everything else is legitimate. If these two think that visiting a small piece of metal is what shows their love, then they don't seem to have a very clear idea about the point of marriage! It seems to me that many people feel things have to be public to be real these days - I wonder what their Facebook pages look like?!! welf_man
  • Score: 25

10:57pm Sat 26 Jul 14

I'msohappy.com says...

el-mundo wrote:
I find it pretty over the top to be honest, but at the same time, wouldn't it be some recompense to have a purpose built grid underneath the bridge or by the river for the "lovelocks" instead that doesn't compromise the bridges weight/balance? it'd be better than nothing there surely if people want to express their love that way......
You are almost as deluded as the couple in the article, who's going to foot the bill for that brainwave then? At the end of the day a padlock attached to something is not going to make a jot of difference to a relationship, if that is the best people can come up with then it's bound to be doomed from the beginning!!
[quote][p][bold]el-mundo[/bold] wrote: I find it pretty over the top to be honest, but at the same time, wouldn't it be some recompense to have a purpose built grid underneath the bridge or by the river for the "lovelocks" instead that doesn't compromise the bridges weight/balance? it'd be better than nothing there surely if people want to express their love that way......[/p][/quote]You are almost as deluded as the couple in the article, who's going to foot the bill for that brainwave then? At the end of the day a padlock attached to something is not going to make a jot of difference to a relationship, if that is the best people can come up with then it's bound to be doomed from the beginning!! I'msohappy.com
  • Score: 17

8:52am Sun 27 Jul 14

binsysmith says...

He should have took her to Paris if he loves her that much and done it properly there. Really pushed the boat out and did it on the millennium bridge instead.
He should have took her to Paris if he loves her that much and done it properly there. Really pushed the boat out and did it on the millennium bridge instead. binsysmith
  • Score: 8

9:07am Sun 27 Jul 14

York2000 says...

The York Press anti council campaign has peaked. I don't think it can get much more ridiculous than this.

You can imagine the buzz in the Press office:

'We've got a couple on the phone heartbroken because the council removed their lock from the bridge. Seems a bit silly for the paper.'

'Did you say council? Print it.'
The York Press anti council campaign has peaked. I don't think it can get much more ridiculous than this. You can imagine the buzz in the Press office: 'We've got a couple on the phone heartbroken because the council removed their lock from the bridge. Seems a bit silly for the paper.' 'Did you say council? Print it.' York2000
  • Score: 18

12:00pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Ninja9 says...

Leaving a padlock on a bridge is just leaving litter. Fine them.

What's wrong with just buying each other a ring?
Leaving a padlock on a bridge is just leaving litter. Fine them. What's wrong with just buying each other a ring? Ninja9
  • Score: 14

2:57am Mon 28 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

Paul Fursdon and his fiancée Lisa Bower say they will never forgive council officials for removing their padlock from the bridge.

for God's sake, it'll have been a £5 el cheapo padlock from Wilko's with your initials scribbled on in felt tip pen. If you need to do something like that as a means of showing love then you need to grow up.

This country seems to have a habit of adopting all the bad and stupid ideas from other countries... the "let's sue everybody for everything instead of admitting we might have tripped over because we were too busy looking at our phones" culture from America, the "Love Locks littering every railing imagineable" from Europe.... why can't this country instead adopt something good and worthwhile, such as the "respect for alcohol and drinking moderately" culture from Italy for example...
[quote]Paul Fursdon and his fiancée Lisa Bower say they will never forgive council officials for removing their padlock from the bridge. [/quote] for God's sake, it'll have been a £5 el cheapo padlock from Wilko's with your initials scribbled on in felt tip pen. If you need to do something like that as a means of showing love then you need to grow up. This country seems to have a habit of adopting all the bad and stupid ideas from other countries... the "let's sue everybody for everything instead of admitting we might have tripped over because we were too busy looking at our phones" culture from America, the "Love Locks littering every railing imagineable" from Europe.... why can't this country instead adopt something good and worthwhile, such as the "respect for alcohol and drinking moderately" culture from Italy for example... Magicman!
  • Score: 6

6:55am Mon 28 Jul 14

farmerpalmer says...

MTFU!
MTFU! farmerpalmer
  • Score: 3

7:17am Mon 28 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

They should put a pair of Ball Locks on the bridge to show what they mean.
They should put a pair of Ball Locks on the bridge to show what they mean. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 2

3:34pm Mon 28 Jul 14

DJS83 says...

Who needs the Eiffel Tower and the Arc D'Triomphe when you have the Millennium Bridge. Eat you heart out Paris. Next stop the toilets in the station to grafitti on the wall. Just try to keep away from the artistic effort at drawing genitalia.
Who needs the Eiffel Tower and the Arc D'Triomphe when you have the Millennium Bridge. Eat you heart out Paris. Next stop the toilets in the station to grafitti on the wall. Just try to keep away from the artistic effort at drawing genitalia. DJS83
  • Score: 0

1:07pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Dave Taylor says...

Sadly, the weight of a vast number of locks can cause damage to the bridge. viz: http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/world-europe-2
7758940

"Part of the parapet of the world famous Pont Des Arts bridge in Paris has collapsed under the weight of the growing number of locks that had been attached."
Sadly, the weight of a vast number of locks can cause damage to the bridge. viz: http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/world-europe-2 7758940 "Part of the parapet of the world famous Pont Des Arts bridge in Paris has collapsed under the weight of the growing number of locks that had been attached." Dave Taylor
  • Score: 2

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