HOMECOMING celebrations taking place tonight for the Capital’s Commonwealth Games heroes have been given a boost after an “overwhelming” response from athletes.
The party originally planned for the City Chambers will now spill out on to the Royal Mile as the efforts of at least 29 competitors are honoured.
Judo stars Euan Burton, pictured, Chris Sherrington and Sarah Adlington are among the latest city stars of Glasgow 2014 to confirm that they will be on stage to greet supporters ahead of a civic reception hosted by the Lord Provost.
There will also be appearances by gold medal-winning boxer Josh Taylor, athletics stars Emma Nuttall and Jayne Nisbet, badminton players Jillie Cooper and Martin Campbell, cyclists Bruce Croall and Jenny Davis and table tennis players Craig Howieson and Sean Doherty.
Lynsey Sharp, who took silver after an emotional performance in the 800m at Hampden Park, is also expected to attend the celebrations.
Lord Provost Donald Wilson said: “The response we have had from our Edinburgh athletes has been overwhelmingly positive.
“This event is an opportunity for local people to show support for their local athletes, and it is a chance to say thank you for making this year’s Commonwealth Games such a success for Team Scotland.”
Fans can tweet in questions or messages for the athletes – which will be asked on stage by comedian Alan Anderson – ahead of the event by 5.30pm today by using #TeamEdinburgh.
Medallists will pass through a guard of honour made up of high constables and a bagpiper within the City Chambers quadrangle.
They will then attend a private reception and the annual Edinburgh Sports Awards, where they will receive an engraved paperweight from the Lord Provost.
Councillor Richard Lewis, the city’s sport and culture leader, said: “The athletes will attend Edinburgh’s annual Sports Awards which are held to recognise the commitment and achievements of local clubs, staff, volunteers and coaches who support grassroots sport in the city.
“In what has been an exceptional year for sport in Edinburgh, more people and clubs have been nominated for the annual Edinburgh Sports Awards than ever before.”
The event comes a fortnight after 200 Scots stars paraded through Glasgow on open-top buses following a performance culminating in a record Team Scotland medal haul of 53.
At tonight’s public event, which will see roads closed in the area from 5.45pm until 7pm, there will also be a chance to win a Commonwealth Games Flag signed by the Edinburgh athletes.