Alex Lunn: Lawrie Reilly legacy will live on

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There is a new housing development behind Easter Road stadium just off Lochend Butterfly Way. I was delighted to visit recently and honoured to be joined on the visit by Iris Reilly, the widow of Hibs and Scotland legend Lawrie Reilly.

As many of you will be aware the Edinburgh Evening News and I have started a campaign to have the main street in this development named after Lawrie.

Lawrie Reilly Place will be a testament to both the man and his achievements. The issue will be settled once and for all at a council committee meeting on May 15.

If you support me in this I would urge you to write or mail the committee convener Councillor Ian Perry (or any other members of the planning committee) urging him to get behind the campaign to honour one of Edinburgh’s favourite sons and a true working-class hero.

It’s my hope that any future streets off the development will be named after the other members of the Famous Five.

This would obviously be in keeping with the history local area. I believe the committee should fully call the street “Lawrie Reilly Place” not “Reilly Place”. It’s my hope and the hopes of plenty of Hibs fans (as well as the dozens of my fellow Jambos who have contacted me) that 50 years from now people will be in no doubt as to who the street is named after.

It would be doing just the same as Edinburgh did in the past when the city named streets like Walter Scott Avenue and Sir Harry Lauder Road. Edinburgh has a history of paying homage to people who represented the city with distinction, Lawrie Reilly, above, is up there with the best of them.

Let “Lawrie Reilly Place” be a small thank you for the service he gave not only Hibs but Edinburgh and Scotland also.

• Councillor Alex Lunn is SNP member for Craigentinny & Duddingston on Edinburgh City Council.