Council hails Papal visit to Edinburgh a success

The Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council has congratulated those who helped to ensure the Pope’s first hours in the UK were a success.

The events in the centre of Edinburgh today were viewed by an estimated 125,000 spectators.

Councillor Jenny Dawe said: "An immense amount of work has gone into this from Council staff and many others in various organisations, and their efforts should be recognised. I would also like to thank the people of Edinburgh, and the many visitors, for their part in creating another historic day in the city's record of hosting major occasions. To those for whom it was business as usual, I appreciate their patience in working around the arrangements put in place to ensure public safety and security."

The Right Honourable George Grubb, Lord Provost, is the Queen's official representative in Edinburgh as Lord Lieutenant. He attended the reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and was the first to be formally presented to the Pope by the Queen.

He said: "I was honoured to represent the city in welcoming His Holiness to the UK. I'm very pleased for all those, of whatever faith, who regarded this as a significant day and came out to mark it, but especially delighted for the many children who were able to take part in proceedings. It will be a great day to remember for all of them."

Cllr Steve Cardownie, the city's Festivals and Events champion, added: "With an estimated worldwide TV audience of up to a billion, and international press coverage, this was an excellent opportunity for people to see and be reminded that Edinburgh is a fantastic host city. If it helps to encourage even a small proportion of those watching to sample our great capital for themselves it will be a major boost for tourism and business."

See the Council's papal visit pages.

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