Olympic stars to meet fans in Edinburgh public event

Callum Skinner will be there
Callum Skinner will be there
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CROWDS are being urged to gather for a huge public celebration of Scotland’s Olympic heroes on Wednesday afternoon.

A host of medal winners and other sports stars will mingle with fans in Festival Square from around 3pm.

Double medal-winning city cyclist Callum Skinner and para spinter Libby Clegg, who won two golds, will be there.

Other star names from Team GB expected to turn out are Olympic swimmer Dan Wallace, rower Heather Stanning, para athlete Jo Butterfield and para swimmer Scot Quin.

Edinburgh’s Depute Lord Provost Steve Cardownie will welcome athletes to Festival Square.

He said: “A huge number of Scottish Olympians and Paralympians will be at the homecoming.

“The event at Festival Square is Edinburgh’s chance to ‘celebrate the great’ and show our athletes how proud the city is of their phenomenal achievements.”

BBC presenter Bryan Burnett and former athlete Rhona McLeod will welcome at least 55 athletes including 18 medallists to the stage.

Councillor Richard Lewis, sports leader for the city council, said: “The combined achievements of this year’s TeamGB and ParalympicsGB athletes has been truly outstanding.”