Hibs fans gearing up for '˜biggest party Leith has ever seen'

JUBILANT Hibs fans returned to the city ready to party after the club's historic Scottish Cup triumph.

Saturday, 21st May 2016, 9:19 pm
Updated Saturday, 21st May 2016, 10:42 pm
Pubs on Easter Road have been packed out with fans Picture: Alistair Grant.

Pubs up and down Easter Road were packed out during the match, and the numbers grew during the evening with crowds of fans thronging the streets and stopping traffic.

Bar manager at the Mash Tun, Grant McNeil, said the atmosphere had been electric when Hibs scored the last minute winner.

The 36-year-old added: “The whole place was going mental – well over 100 people were here.

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Hibs parade route for Sunday“It’s going to be a good night. The place will be jumping. There won’t be any trouble – everybody is going to be happy.”

Propping up the bar nearby was Val Bernard, a die-hard Hibee born and bred in Leith.

He admitted to shedding a tear on the final whistle in memory of his Hibs-mad dad, who died from a brain tumour just a few years ago.

The 46-year-old, who was toasting the victory with friends, said: “My dad would have been jumping in his grave.

Fans celebrate on Easter Road. Picture: Lizzy Buchan

“It felt for me like it didn’t matter who you supported, everybody was just loving that Hibs had won. That was the vibe that I got.

“It was just such a massive, glorious feeling. It was absolutely amazing.

“When it got to 2 - 1, I was sitting with a Rangers supporter and I was saying to him – the game’s over.

“And then it was like bang, bang all of a sudden, and everybody just erupted and it was ecstatic.”

Fans celebrate on Easter Road. Picture: Lizzy Buchan

Elsewhere, Adele Philips, 40, was celebrating the win after watching the first half of the game in work.

Hibs Scottish Cup win - five key pointsThe nurse, who lives in Kirkliston but grew up in Leith, said: “It’s been a long time coming. The mood in Leith has been lifted.”

“When you support a football team, it goes through the generations. To be alive when they have lifted the cup – to have witnessed that – is something very special.”

Speaking over the rising cheers and chanting echoing through the bar, she added: “It brings a community together.”