Sta­dium’s clos­ing cer­e­mony

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

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

Edith to leave ra­dio show

Edith Bow­man has re­vealed she is stepping down from her Vir­gin Ra­dio Break­fast Show to pur­sue other projects.

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.

New jobs at Skyscan­ner

The Chi­nese owner of travel search web­site Skyscan­ner is to open a new cus­tomer ser­vice cen­tre in Ed­in­burgh, cre­at­ing 200 jobs.

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.

Elec­tric eels’ Taser tac­tics

Elec­tric eels act like liv­ing Tasers leap­ing out of the water to strike threat­en­ing preda­tors, a study has shown.

By shoot­ing through the air – much like a Taser dart – the crea­ture pre­vents its elec­tri­cal dis­charges from weak­en­ing as they dis­si­pate through water.

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