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Edinburgh Commonwealth Games heroes should receive public welcome

Many will agree with the calls for a proper tribute for the athletes who competed at the Commonwealth Games, including the staff who work at Car Hire Edinburgh Airport.

Suggestions have been made to ensure the Edinburgh athletes from the Commonwealth Games get a fitting tribute after helping Team Scotland to a record medal haul in Glasgow.

There have been some options mentioned including an open-top bus tour, a parade along Princess Street and a stage appearance at the fireworks finale of the Fringe. Prior to the Games athletes were invited to a private celebration in Edinburgh by Lord Provost Donald Wilson.

But there have been calls for more to be done to ensure the people of Edinburgh were able to come out and salute the sporting stars. Terry McCormack, head coach of Lochend Boxing Club where said “There should be a celebration to acknowledge them, definitely. This is a massive tournament with competitors from all over the world. When you think of the work they have put in over the years, they deserve it. They are competing against world-class opposition and deserve every accolade they get. This would be amazing, even just an open-top bus along Princes Street or along the Royal Mile or down Leith Walk. We have beaten our medal record and I’m sure everyone would come out. It would be massive.”

Scottish judo expert George Kerr CBE, a 10th Dan in the sport and a man who worked with gold medal winner Euan Burton ahead of the Games, said “It would take a lot of organisation, and I don’t know how it could be achieved.”