Commonwealth Games comes to Edinburgh

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Edinburgh is ready to make a splash at Glasgow’s party as the Commonwealth Games arrives in the Capital.

The diving competition begins at the Commie Pool tomorrow morning, with star name Tom Daley the focal point.

And there’s local interest too, with James Heatly – grandson of diving legend Sir Peter – and Grace Reid tipped to be celebrating when the medals are handed out. Final preparations were today being made at the pool, which is set to welcome capacity crowds of 526 over the next four days.

Bars, cafes and shops around the venue are gearing up for a major business boost – even if they’re not allowed to shout about it.

Tight rules on advertising licensing mean that the phrases “Commonwealth Games” and “Glasgow 2014” cannot be used to promote products.

Pub boss Keith Taylor was slightly mysterious when asked what he will be serving up at the Salisbury Arms, which is across the road from the Commie.

He said: “I’m not actually allowed to tell you, but we will be having a barbecue and offering a healthy athletes’ spicy bean burger along with meaty alternatives.”

But a few yards of red tape will not keep the visitors away, with businesses preparing for an influx of everyone from fans to temporary security staff, and perhaps even to the athletes themselves.

Most competitors have checked out the Commie – which is hosting Games events for the third time – with Scottish diving coach Jen Leeming enjoying from friendly banter with English rivals yesterday in the shadow of Salisbury Crags.

“We’ve just had a lively training session,” she said. “There was lots of cheering from the teams and volunteers.”

Melissa Brennan, who is in Edinburgh with three colleagues from the University of Maryland, said they were hoping to pick up last-minute tickets for the diving.

“But first we need to eat,” she said before popping into the Salisbury for a non-commericialised meal.