Comment: Big screen will come into its own

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It’s great news that, in the best sporting tradition, the apparently doomed big screen in Festival Square looks like it will live to fight another day.

Many of us will never forget the 7 July, 2013, or the joy – and sheer relief – we felt that day when Andy Murray won Wimbledon. One of the best places to be then, other than in SW19, was soaking up the electric atmosphere in Festival Square as hundreds flocked to watch the match on the big screen.

This year promises to be a memorable sporting one, especially with the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup coming to Scotland. There is plenty of other highlights to look forward to, including Murray’s defence of the Wimbledon title and the football World Cup in Brazil.

Hopefully, the sun will shine, and the giant screen will come in to its own again.

The screen could be a great asset for the Capital. It was a different matter when it was a drain on the public purse, costing council tax payers £26,000 a year.

Commercial sponsorship always looked like the way forward. Now that a private company is offering to come in and take it on, with the aim of covering the costs through advertising, the idea looks like a winner again.

Sports fans will have somewhere else to enjoy the big match atmosphere at major events without having to leave the city – and bars, shops and restaurants round about will get a welcome boost, too.

Michael’s ministry

Congratulations to Michael Mair today on becoming Scotland’s youngest minister. At the age of 25, while his contemporaries may be unlikely to see many Sunday mornings, he will be in the pulpit at St David’s in Broomhouse, an experience he admits is equally exciting and terrifying. A breath of fresh air, his dedication and commitment is to be applauded and we wish him well in his new role.