Stadium’s closing ceremony
The stadium that roared Scotswoman Liz McColgan to glory at the 1986 Commonwealth Games will close its doors for the last time later this year.
Edinburgh’s Meadowbank Stadium was built for the 1970 Commonwealth costing £2.8million, and opened by Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, that year.
But it is best remembered as the stadium in which Scotland’s then Liz Lynch won gold in the 10,000m 16 years later as the city became the first to host the games twice.
Now the stadium will close on December 3, ahead of a major £41.1million redevelopment to create a state-of-the-art sports centre on the site.
The centre will be deGames, commissioned before inspections take place this winter and works will begin in 2018, with the new Meadowbank to be operational by Easter 2020.
Members of the public will have the chance to attend a final fireworks concert on November 5, including a sci-fi theme with music spanning the 47 years of Meadowbank.
The new stadium will have an outdoor athletics track with seating for 500, a throwing area, and two Fifa standard 3G pitches. Indoors, it will feature a 60m athletics track and two multi-sport games halls.
The cycle track was used by a young Chris Hoy, and boxing has also been staged there. Meadowbank has also been used in the past as a music venue
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The former BBC Radio 1 presenter has hosted the programme since the station’s launch in March 2016, and her final show will take place on September 29.
The station confirmed that the new breakfast show team will be announced soon.
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Ctrip, which is China’s biggest online travel service, bought Skyscanner last year in a £1.4billion deal.
The centre is due to open early in 2018 with recruitment starting at the end of this year.
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By shooting through the air – much like a Taser dart – the creature prevents its electrical discharges from weakening as they dissipate through water.