A room with TWO views! Granddad, 58, buys a 10ft picture identical to what he sees out of his window
- Stuart Sliver already has a stunning view of the Forth Bridge from his own home
- He left his family in hysterics after buying a 10ft by 4ft photograph of the bridge
- His wife said he was warned to ‘not come back with any rubbish’ from the auction
- She vowed that the giant picture will not be staying up for long in the living room
Every morning when he opens the curtains, Stuart Slicer is treated to a glorious view of the Forth Bridge.
So it came as something of a surprise to his wife and family when he came home from a charity auction with a 10ft by 4ft photograph depicting the exact same view of the world-renowned engineering masterpiece.
Mr Slicer, 58, who drove across the railway bridge thousands of times in his former job as a train driver, left his family in hysterics after unveiling the purchase – with one member saying that ‘seemingly he forgot he could just open the blinds’.
Much to his wife Helen’s dismay, Mr Slicer, who lives in South Queensferry, just outside of Edinburgh, won the huge picture at a charity auction during the local Ferry Fair Festival last Friday.
Stuart Sliver would not disclose how much he paid for the enormous picture of the Forth Bridge – which he can already see in real life from his South Queensferry Home
Mr Slicer, a former train driver who has crossed the bridge thousands of times, purchased the photograph from a charity auction, even after being warned not to return with any ‘rubbish’
He refused to say how much he paid for it, but admitted it was a ‘three-figure sum’.
He said: ‘When I told my wife about it, she said, “That’s not going up on that wall”.
‘I phoned my son and said, “Come down here, I want to show you something, you need to come down, you’ll appreciate it”.
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‘He said to me that [it] can’t go up there, and my daughter told me the place looks like a pub with it up.’
Mrs Slicer, 56, said: ‘He was warned not to come back with any rubbish. He’s already got the view in his sitting room, why does he need a [photo]? It’s here just now, but it won’t be here very long.
Mr Sliver suggested that the huge picture of the Forth Bridge could be used as a ‘good backdrop’ for his daughter’s wedding next year
The 1.5-mile Forth Bridge, which spans the Firth of Forth, was awarded Unesco World Heritage status in 2015. Pictured: What Mr Sliver can see from his home
‘My daughter’s getting married next year so it could be used as a good backdrop for that.’
As a former train driver for ScotRail, Mr Slicer used to travel across the Forth Bridge three to four times per day. ‘The bridge is something spectacular,’ he added.
The 1.5-mile Forth Bridge, which spans the Firth of Forth, was awarded Unesco World Heritage status in 2015.
The cantilever bridge was designed by English engineers Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker and opened in March 1890.
It took more than 4,500 men eight years to build, and 53,000 tons of steel were used.
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