Commonwealth Games stars given city ceremony

Libby Clegg, above, with guide Mikail Huggins, may be at the celebration. Picture: Neil Hanna
Libby Clegg, above, with guide Mikail Huggins, may be at the celebration. Picture: Neil Hanna
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DOZENS of athletes who dazzled at the Commonwealth Games are to be paraded at the City Chambers offering fans a chance to meet their heroes.

Gold medallists Alex ‘Tattie’ Marshall, who stormed the bowling greens, boxer Josh Taylor and judoka Sarah Clark are among the stars of Glasgow 2014 who will greet supporters in the quadrangle on the Royal Mile ahead of a civic reception hosted by the Lord Provost.

Around 23 athletes have confirmed they will appear at the event on Friday, August 29, which comes a fortnight after 200 Scots stars paraded through Glasgow on open-top buses following a glorious track and field performance culminating in a record Team Scotland medal haul of 53.

Golden judoka and Team Scotland flagbearer Euan Burton - who yesterday reaffirmed his desire to retire from 
the sport - will join his team-mates.

Burton won gold in the 100kg category after leading Scotland out at the opening ceremony, having come out of retirement for Glasgow 2014.

The 35-year-old had indicated he would return to full-time coaching and he confirmed his decision to retire from international competition in a statement. Commonwealth Games commentator and Scottish comedian of the year Alan Anderson will host the Edinburgh celebration.

Announcing the event, Lord Provost Donald Wilson said: “What better way to celebrate the achievements of ­Edinburgh’s up and coming sporting talent than to ­celebrate their achievements with some of the city’s Team Scotland stars.

“Our local Commonwealth Games athletes had tremendous results this summer, and their achievements are helping to inspire the next generation to develop a love of sport.”

Yet according to Prestonpans boxing champion Josh Taylor, who won a gold medal last month after a thrilling fight against Namibian Junias Jonas, the upcoming celebration is more about the fans.

“Ever since the Games, it’s just been 100mph doing one thing after the other,” he said.

“I’ve been invited to so many events and to speak at schools – and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

“But because of that, I’ve not really had a chance to come back to Edinburgh and spend time with friends and family and the people that matter.

“Those are the people that I want to celebrate with, and so this event will be a great excuse to come home and have an event right here in the city.”

Bowling legend Alex ‘Tattie’ Marshall, who scooped double gold, said it was high time Edinburgh gave residents a chance to pat its competitors on the back.

“The parade in Glasgow was just incredible, and so it’s great that Edinburgh has finally decided to put on its own event,” he said. “I’ve only been back a few days, and the reception I’ve gotten on the streets has been fantastic.”

Coming home for a party

A STRING of athletes from Edinburgh and the Lothians have returned RSVPs for the Edinburgh homecoming at City Chambers on Friday, August 29

They include athletics stars Emma Nuttall and Jayne Nisbet, badminton players Jillie Cooper and Martin Campbell, cyclists Bruce Croall and Jenny Davis, table tennis players Craig Howieson and Sean Doherty, and swimmers Richard Schafers and Kieran McGuckin.

Judo competitors Connie Ramsay, Euan Burton and Sarah Clark, diver Grace Reid, netball stars Gemma Sole, Jo Pettitt and Rachel Forbes, squash player Frania Gillen-Buchert will also attend.