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Historic Scotland rejects proposal to place Olympic Rings on Edinburgh Castle to promote London 2012

A proposal to display the Olympic Rings on Edinburgh Castle during the Olympic Games in London, described as ‘an advertising gimmick’ has been rejected by Historic Scotland.

The controversial proposal would have seen the Olympic Rings display on the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle.

A spokesperson for Historic Scotland, explained: “Historic Scotland has taken the decision not to permit the Olympic Rings to be displayed on the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle.

“Following careful consideration it is clear that the proposal would not be suitable for the successful operation of Scotland’s most popular heritage attraction.

“It may well be that there are other more suitable sites in Edinburgh, and the Scottish Government and agencies will work with LOCOG and The City Edinburgh of Council to do what we can to assist with the consideration of alternatives.

“We fully support the Olympic Games and we look forward to hosting the Speed of Light event on Arthurs Seat to combine visual art with sporting endeavour and a number of our sites are on the Olympic Torch Relay route, including Edinburgh.”

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