No rings for Hillend slope

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Olympic rings will not be mounted on at Hillend dry ski slope, as it would be too expensive.

Hugh Robertson MP, Minister for Sport and the Olympics, said the Olympic body did not have the budget to build rings big enough to be seen from the site.

It follows a plea from Midlothian’s provost to 2012 Games chief Lord Coe to site the rings at the Midlothian Snowsports Centre at Hillend.

Plans to erect the rings on Edinburgh Castle were thrown out last year, and the rings are now set to go up on a site at the Mound.