Comment: Stars deserve place in the city spotlight

0
Have your say

THE COMMONWEALTH Games might have belonged to Glasgow but perhaps there is still time for Edinburgh to share some of the glory.

Our athletes have helped Team Scotland to an incredible record-breaking medal total at what have rightly been called “the best Games ever”.

From Alex Tattie Marshall’s bowling haul, to Dan Wallace’s golden swimming, Lynsey Sharp’s unforgettable against-the-odds silver medal and boxer Josh Taylor’s hard-fought gold, the east coast has been responsible for some of the best moments of the Games.

And then there was the small matter of the diving events being staged at the Royal Commonwealth Pool featuring local heroes James Heatly and Grace Reid alongside superstar Tom Daley.

Today, there are calls for Edinburgh to stage its own parade to honour our Games heroes and we fully support such a move.

The stars of the games have in some cases gone from being virtual unknowns to household names and deserve their moment in the spotlight in their home city.

There would no doubt be logistical problems staging a big event at the same time as the Festival but it’s not like we haven’t had some experience of doing things like this before.

It would surely bring thousands on to the streets to catch a glimpse of the incredible athletes who have lit up our TV screens.

The Games have been embraced by the whole of Scotland and the feelgood glow will continue for some time to come.

We must capitalise on that while it is still fresh.

The Games have been successful in inspiring youngsters to go out, get active, and strive to emulate their new idols.

What better way to cement that inspiration than by celebrating the success of our local athletes in public.

Glasgow has put on an incredible show, but Edinburgh could stage a fantastic after-party.