Friday, 28 June 2013

Eric Liddell leaves Edinburgh, 1925


A year after winning gold in the Paris Olympics, Eric Liddell walked from Hope Terrace to Waverley Station in the first leg of his trip to China.  Crowds lined the route. 

Tomorrow, his steps will be retraced by a group of about 100 people, beginning at Hope Terrace (off Kilgraston Road), then Beaufort Road, Grange Road, Nicolson Street, South Bridge, North Bridge and Princes Street ending at Princes Street Gardens East.

Here is an extract from the Follow in the Footsteps website:

On June 29th 1925, one year after his Gold Medal victory in the 400 metres event at the 1924 Olympic Games, Eric Liddell, the hero of Chariots of Fire, left Edinburgh to start his 20 years of service in China.
All along the route to Waverley Station there were enthusiastic crowds cheering him on his way and a large number of people gathered at the station to give him a send-off. It was a glorious moment in his short life. June 29th 2013 will mark the 88th anniversary of that glorious moment.
In the year 2013, The Flying Scotsman Sports Cafe will arrange the first commemorative Flying Scotsman Walking Activity on the 29th of June from Hope Terrace to Waverley Station. The distance is around 2 miles and walking time is approximately 40 minutes.
Meeting Point: 1a Kilgraston Road, Marchmont St. Giles Parish Church of Scotland Edinburgh at 8-9am 29th of June 2013.
I will see if I can join the London end of the commemoration on 30th.

Organised by the Flying Scotsman Sports Cafe

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