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Best Views of the Bank of Scotland Fireworks Concert

posted 21 Aug 2009, 15:58 by myEdinburgh Admin
Inverleith Park and Calton Hill will be the best places for a great view of the Bank of Scotland Fireworks Concert at 9pm on Sunday 6 September this year.

Due to the reduction in capacity available on Princes Street while tramworks are ongoing, a multi-agency decision has been taken that there will be no viewing facilities on Princes Street this year on grounds of public safety. The public is being advised only to come to Princes Street if they have a ticket to the Bank of Scotland Fireworks Concert in Princes Street Gardens or the Ross Theatre.

Following a meeting to discuss the planning for this event, all agencies (the Council's Public Safety unit, Lothian & Borders Police, Lothian & Borders Fire and Rescue, Scottish Ambulance Service) were in agreement that it would not be viable on public safety grounds to have viewing areas on Princes Street this year.

Members of the public are being recommended to use the enhanced viewing facilities on Calton Hill or Inverleith Park for the best views of the fireworks concert, which will bring the Edinburgh International Festival to a close in spectacular fashion.

In addition, there will also be managed viewing areas on both North Bridge and Waverley Bridge.

People with tickets to the Ross Theatre and Princes Street Gardens will be able to view the concert as normal. Access for ticket holders will be:

    a) Via South Charlotte Street to the west gate of West Princes Street Gardens

    b) Via Mound to the east gate of West Princes Street Gardens

    c) Via Kings Stable Road Entrance of West Princes Street Gardens

    d) Via west gate of West Princes Street Gardens

Council Leader Jenny Dawe said: "The fireworks concert is always a hugely popular climax to our main Festival season and we know that a great many people look forward to watching the event with their friends and families. It is vital that we ensure that everyone can enjoy the occasion as safely as possible. While it is unfortunately not viable on the grounds of public safety to allow viewing areas on Princes Street this year, Inverleith Park and Calton Hill are spacious alternative areas commanding splendid views of Edinburgh Castle."

Councillor Steve Cardownie, Festivals and Events Champion, said: "This iconic event has been thrilling audiences for years and this year's concert of Handel's most famous works promises to be another truly spectacular occasion. Enhanced viewing facilities at Calton Hill and in Inverleith Park will enable people to enjoy the best possible views. We are confident that it will be business as usual again next year."

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