ORGANISERS of a tribute to Mikaeel Kular have been advised not to release more than 100 balloons from Cramond beach due to safety fears for planes flying overhead.
More than 1000 people are expected to turn up on the banks of the Forth tonight to remember the three-year-old.
Balloons are due to be released from Cramond Beach and Ravenscraig Beach in Fife as part of the Send Off For Mikaeel memorial event. And while there is no concern about balloons released from Ravenscraig Beach, advice from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said balloons could cause a safety risk if released from the Edinburgh site as Cramond lies below the flightpath for planes landing at Edinburgh Airport.
Following negotiations between organisers and the regulator, a limit of 100 has been set.
Organiser Hayley Clements said: “We contacted the CAA and told them of our plans and they have asked that we only release 100 balloons.
“We are happy to do this and respect their request as this event is in no way intended to cause upset. Many folk are now talking about bringing along tealights and candles instead.”
She added: “Mikaeel’s death really did touch a nerve in the community, when I posted about organising this event on Facebook, I thought just a few folk would get involved, now we have more than 1000 people attending. I didn’t realise it would get so big.” The send- off gets under way at 6.30pm, with the big release planned for 7pm.
Local councillor Cammy Day will say a few words at 7.10pm and this will be followed by a minute’s silence.
Mikaeel’s body was discovered in Fife last Friday, the day after he was reported missing from his home in Drylaw.
A CAA spokesman said: “We were contacted by the organisers and have been working with them to ensure the event can take place safely.
“Because of the location we advised the organisers there would be a potential risk to safety if they released balloons from the south side of the river. We will continue to offer any advice and support we can.”
Mikaeel’s mother Rosdeep Adekoya, 33, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday charged with his murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
She made no plea or declaration, was remanded in custody and committed for further examination.
Adekoya is expected to make a second appearance at the court on Tuesday.