G8 Summit/Make Poverty History - 21/07/2005
Yes, the G8 Summit was held at Gleneagles Hotel, an hour or so from Edinburgh. However, Edinburgh was the focus for anti G8 demonstrations, something which had plagued previous G8s. These demonstrations tested the city's capacity and ability to deal with such things. Once again, Lothian and Borders Police, together with the Council's own expertise in public safety matters, managed severe challenges well.
Additionally, Edinburgh was host to Make Poverty History and the related LIVE8 initiatives. Tens of thousands of people flocked to the city to participate. We established a special campsite on the edge of the city and managed a MPH march which involved over 1/4 million people, encircling the city centre in white. Edinburgh Castle was wrapped in a giant white "Make Poverty History" band.
Working with Sir Bob Geldof, Midge Ure, Sir Tom Hunter and others, we staged LIVE8 at Murrayfield Stadium. Who else could open but our own Leith lads, The Proclaimers, with "500 Miles". Other guest contributors included Annie Lennox and George Clooney!
"Saturday 2nd July was a day I'll remember forever. It was wonderful to see Edinburgh welcome our supporters with open arms and I cannot imagine a more Inspiring setting for the event" Alex Burrow, Coordinator Make Poverty History Rally 2 July 2005