In the warm summer months, we here at Keytek® gathered together in hopes to raise money for charity. Our 2019 charity was the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation, this fantastic charity raises money to help provide opportunities for children and young adults that have big ambitions and motivation but might not have had the best start to life. Recipients of this charity are the embodiment of the foundation’s core values; determination, unselfishness and cheerfulness in adversity.
This charity has helped almost 2000 young people achieve their dreams and go on to achieve great things, and we were very proud to support them as our 2019 Charity.
Our 2019 summer charity event found us out under the ruins of Corfe Castle battling an obstacle course that tested the very finest of Keytek’s athletic workforce! The Mud Trail consists of a 2km trail lined with obstacles, balance beams, rope traverses, cargo nets and water tubes to provide 2 hours of endless fun. However, once you add the tonne of mud covering and encasing every obstacle that’s when things get really interesting!
Caked under at least 3 layers of mud, all of us here at Keytek® thoroughly enjoyed the day under the sun traversing through the various obstacles with grace, letting our hair down and making the most of time out of the office. We had falls, slips, slides and even the occasional head first drive into the mud, but overall it was a great day that allowed us to come together as a workforce and not only do something extremely fun but allow us to raise money for charity.
Many of our gracious Locksmiths sponsored us through the event alongside our family members, and got many a laugh with all of our muddy faces! Through their generous donations we managed to raise a grand total of £925!
We are proud to support John Thornton Young Achievers Fund, and help give young adults the chance to purse their dreams through scholarships and bursaries.
If you would like to know more about the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation, click here to view their website.
Love is in the air this week and many couples around the world will be signifying their undying love by attaching a love lock with their initials engraved to a bridge and throwing the key into the water below; the love is then thought to be locked into place for eternity.
Love locks have become more and more popular over the last two decades with new love lock locations sprouting across the world. Take a look at our favourite 10 love lock bridges below!
Most Ljubavi, Vrnjačka Banja, Serbia
Most Ljubavi or the ‘Bridge of Love’ in Serbia has had love padlocks secured to its bridge dating back over 100 years. This according to many sources is where the love lock tradition began, today there are hundreds of love locks lining the bridge and the story attracts visitors to the lock bridge from across the world.
Where is the love lock bridge in Serbia?
The love lock bridge in Serbia is located over the river Vrnjacka reka in the Park Promenade.
Can you still put love locks on Most Ljubavi?
Yes, currently you can still put love locks on Most Ljubavi and you can buy locks nearby.
Pont des Arts Bridge, Paris, France
The padlock bridge in Paris is arguably the most famous love lock bridge in the world situated conveniently in the ‘City of Love’. Although it may be the most famous, the Pont des Arts Bridge love padlocks are no more. With hundreds of love locks being added every year the bridge could not cope with the weight which amounted to around 45 tonnes and posed a danger to the historical bridge and the people who walked across.
Where is the love lock bridge in Paris?
Once people are in the “city of love”, they always ask where the love lock bridge in Paris is. The love lock bridge in Paris is situated over the river Seine close to the Notre-Dame de Paris.
Can you still put a lock on the bridge in Paris?
No, due to the weight of thousands of locks Paris officials removed them and put up Plexiglass to prevent more being added.
Why did Paris remove lovelocks?
In 2015 Paris removed the lovelocks to help maintain the structure of the bridge as previously railings on the bridge had fallen off and there was a danger the bridge could deteriorate further.
What happened to the locks on Lovers Bridge?
Paris auctioned the locks in bundles or as the whole railing when they removed them from the bridge. They donated the money between three charities that were helping refugees in Paris and raised a total of €250,000.
What problems did the love locks cause to the bridge in Paris?
The historic love lock bridge in Paris, in fact, begad to have issues when 7,500 kilos of love locks were added on only one side to the bridge, causing a possibility to the fence falling off! Despite several warning, people continued to mark their love with leaving padlocks on the bridge, which eventually caused replacing the bridge’s railing into glass panels.
Luzhkoz Bridge, Moscow, Russia
To combat the potential hazard of damaging the structure of the bridge, Moscow installed metal ‘trees’ along the centre of the bridge which has space for hundreds of locks to be secured onto. The love lock trees became so popular that the authorities extended the trees to along the entire street that sits next to the canal.
Many brides and grooms visit the love lock trees on their wedding day to lock in their love and celebrate with a traditional toast of vodka!
Where is the love lock bridge in Moscow?
The love lock bridge in Moscow sits over the river Moskva River in the district of Tset near the State
Can you still put love locks on the bridge in Moscow?
To prevent damage to the structure of the bridge Moscow officials installed metal structures in the shape of trees to encourage visitors to continue with the love lock tradition without causing any damage.
Mt. Huangshan, China
Possibly the highest location where you will find the love lock tradition is Mount Huangshan which is often described as the ‘loveliest mountain of China’. It is renowned for its beautiful scenery which is why it has probably attracted couples as a place to place their love locks to lock in their love.
The tradition supposedly started here as it was inspired by a true story of love between a forbidden couple who jumped into the valley below so that they could be together forever.
Where are the love locks on Mt. Huangshan?
The love locks on Mt. Huangshan are particularly found on Lotus Peak which is 1,800m above sea level.
Can you still put love locks on at Mt. Huangshan?
Yes, you can put love locks on the mountain, as long as you aren’t afraid of heights!
Hohernzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany
The love locks started appearing on the Hohernzollern Bridge in 2008, in 2011 they were counted and found that 40,000 padlocks had been attached to the bridge. It has been estimated that, that number is now 8 times higher!
The bridge is mostly full with padlocks now but there is still a small section of space left that is located in the last third of the bridge opposite Cologne Cathedral. Can’t make the trip to Cologne? Not to worry, you can add your virtual love lock here!
Where is the love lock bridge in Cologne?
The Hohenzollern Bridge crosses the Rhine River and is located in the Innenstadt district, buses, trains and trams also cross over this bridge.
Can you still put love locks on the bridge in Cologne?
Yes, you can still add your love locks to the Hohenzollern Bridge, if you can find room that is!
N Seoul Tower, Central Seoul, South Korea
The N Seoul Tower or the Namsan Seoul Tower is a communication and observation tower based on Namsan Mountain in Seoul and is 236m above sea level. Like the rest many locals and tourists flock here to attach their love lock onto the railings of the observation deck. The N Seoul Tower encourages couples to leave their mark by selling the locks and have installed ‘heart’ benches that dip in the middle so that it forces the couple who sit upon closer together.
Instead of throwing the keys off the top of the tower as this poses as a danger to those below there is a post box at the top of the tower to post your key to keep the lock from being unlocked. Posting the key is a great idea that could be adopted by many other famous love lock bridges sites so that it does not end up in the sea and pose a threat to marine life.
Where are the love locks in Seoul?
The love locks in Seoul are found on the observation deck on the N Seoul Tower.
Can you still put love locks on N Seoul Tower?
Yes, you can still add love locks to the lock trees or the railings at the top of the N Seoul Tower.
The Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge), Amsterdam
In Amsterdam there used to be a two love lock bridges. First there was the Magere Brug more commonly known as the Skinny Bridge in Amsterdam and the Staalmeesterbrug. From 2015 these locks have been removed due to the bridges not being able to operate properly as parts had been broken off.
Amsterdam is still a romantic city with its 165 canals and its ‘chocolate box’ houses. To symbolise your love with your partner in Amsterdam the tale goes that if you kiss your significant other whilst passing under the skinny bridge the love will last forever.
Where are the love locks in Amsterdam?
Previously the bridge of love in Amsterdam was located on the Skinny Bridge but they have since all been removed.
Where can I find the love padlock bridge in Amsterdam?
Since 2015, Amsterdam officials have removed all locks in Amsterdam in worry that they will cause damage to the bridges like they did in Paris.
Butchers Bridge, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Butchers Bridge overlooks the river Ljubljanica in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. The bridge was designed in 1930 by architect Jože Plečnik and was finally opened in 2010. Since its opening Butchers Bridge has become a popular spot for tourists to attach their love padlock to the bridge.
Where are the love locks in Ljubljana?
The love lock bridge in Slovenia is called Butchers Bridge and crosses the river Ljubljanica facing the bigger ‘Dragon Bridge’.
Can you still put love locks on Butchers Bridge?
Yes, you are still allowed to put love locks on Butchers Bridge in Slovenia. This is one of the few bridges left where love locks are permitted and there is still some space left at this current time.
Brooklyn Bridge, New York, US
Brooklyn Bridge which opened in 1883 is part of the iconic New York City skyline and is a popular filming location for TV and film. Like many other love lock locations you are no longer allowed to attach love locks to Brooklyn Bridge.
The Department of Transportation said goodbye to the love locks after following suit of the Pont des Arts Bridge and after the weight of the locks snapped the street lights on the bridge due to the pressure and causing one of the lanes to close for two hours!
Where are the love locks in New York?
The love locks in New York used to be on Brooklyn Bridge in the Two Bridges district but have since been removed.
Can you still put love locks on Brooklyn Bridge?
No, like many other bridges around the world you can no longer put locks on Brooklyn Bridge. There is a fine of £100 for those caught locking their love locks.
Ponte dell’Accademia, Venice, Italy
Like Paris, Venice is another romantic city that many couples travel to as a romantic gesture. There are many proposals and celebrations of anniversaries and to mark the special occasion what better way than to attach a love lock?
As you may have guessed like many other love lock bridges around the world it is illegal to do so in Venice. Like the other bridges across the world, Venice can’t take the weight of the sheer amount of love locks attached to the bridges which causes the historical structures to buckle under the weight.
Where are the love locks in Venice?
The Venice love lock bridge were on the Ponte dell’Accademia over the Grand Canal outside the Accademia.
Can you still put love locks on the bridges in Venice?
No, it is not permitted to put love locks on the bridge in Venice as the structures are too weak to cope with the weight.
Love Lock Bridge Alternatives
The notion to lock in your love with your significant other with a love padlock is still a popular attraction for tourists. But with bridges and other historical structures unable to take the weight of thousands of love padlocks cities are turning to other ideas like the love lock trees in Moscow.
In Uruguay thousands of love locks have been secured onto a fountain placed on a street corner in Montevideo. So many so that the owner has renamed the fountain to ‘The Fuente de los Candados’ or the ‘Fountain of Locks’. In Toronto’s Distillery District they have turned the love locks into a piece of art by installing a metal railing with a heart shape and the word ‘Love’ spelled out for tourists to attach their love padlock.
The History of Love Lock Bridges
There are several tales and legends about where the history of love locks originated but most commonly the history refers back to Most Ljubavi, the love lock bridge in Serbia. The history is not one of love however but one of tragedy as a young couple fell in love and would meet on the bridge every night. Due to the war the man was sent away on duty for the military and whilst in Corfu fell in love with another woman.
The woman is believed to have died young with a broken heart and since young girls in Serbia would come to this bridge with their loves and engrave their initials onto a lock and lock it onto the bridge so that their love would be never ending.
The Future of Love Locks 2020
With many cities banning love locks not only as they are causing damage to the historical architecture but they are also adding to the excessive waste that is consuming earth. As the love lock tradition is to throw away the key often into the river below once locked.
The future of love locks is turning digital, there are a few websites out there that allow you to create a digital love lock. On these sites you can choose design and write a couple of lines and ‘attach’ these locks to ‘anywhere’ in the world. This allows couples to take part in the love lock tradition without causing any harm to the earth or risk being fined.