Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sir Chris Hoy awarded Freedom of Edinburgh

Sir Chris Hoy with his gold medal after the Keirin at London 2012Sir Chris Hoy awarded Freedom of Edinburgh

Published Thursday 23 August 2012
Proposals to hold a civic reception and other celebrations, such an open-top bus parade, for all Olympians and Paralympians with an Edinburgh connection were also approved - details of which will be announced once arrangements are finalised.

Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Donald Wilson, said: "I am delighted that councillors today unanimously supported the motion to grant Sir Chris Hoy the Freedom of the City. It is the most prestigious honour we can bestow.

"Sir Chris is an outstanding ambassador for Edinburgh and an inspirational role model for our city's young people, proving that hard work, dedication and sheer determination can help turn natural talent into world-beating success.

"I have written to Sir Chris advising him of Council's decision and very much hope he accepts this honour and that, in due course, we can welcome him to Edinburgh for what will undoubtedly be a wonderful occasion."

Council today also recognised the contribution of all of the volunteers, coaches, officials, friends and families who have all played a part in the success of Team GB - and committed to ensuring that those associated with Edinburgh be part of the celebrations.

No comments: