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Immortalised In Stone

Ian RankinIan Rankin leaves his mark on posterity as second Edinburgh Award is launched.

Internationally-celebrated city author Ian Rankin, the creator of popular literary sleuth John Rebus, had his handprints immortalised in Caithness stone in the quadrangle of Edinburgh's City Chambers at an event to launch the second annual Edinburgh Award.

Mr Rankin, who in 2007 became the first recipient of this coveted accolade, unveiled the stone slab bearing an engraving of his handprints on Monday 18th February 2008.

Mr Rankin said: "It is a thrill, as the first recipient of the Edinburgh Award, to have my handprints preserved for posterity on the flagstones outside the City Chambers. Having written for years about the travails of 'the cooncil', it is only proper and fitting that those same councillors now get to walk all over me for a change!"

The Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Rt Hon. George Grubb, said: "These engraved handprints will serve as a lasting tribute to one of Edinburgh's most celebrated and best-loved authors. I look forward immensely to seeing them joined in a year's time by those of the next Edinburgh Award winner, whoever that may be..."

Nic Boyes, of Nicholas Boyes Stone Conservation, explained how Mr Rankin's handprints were preserved for posterity. He said: "We invited Ian Rankin to our workshop in Morningside, Edinburgh, to make an accurate impression of his hands. After achieving the clay relief we used traditional carving skills, using a mallet & chisels, to transfer the image to Caithness stone. Nicolas Boyes Stone Conservation is honoured to be involved with this project."


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