Wednesday, April 8, 1998 Published at 18:07 GMT 19:07 UK
Britannia given final resting place
Britannia will rest in peace, in the Royal port of Leith
The Royal Yacht Britannia will spend its retirement moored in Leith in Edinburgh.
The government confirmed on Wednesday that the Scottish option had been chosen over a rival bid by Manchester.
The 44-year-old yacht will be the centrepiece of a £60m ocean terminal in Leith, on the east coast of Scotland. The town has been a Royal port for more than six centuries.
Donald Anderson, of the Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist Board, said the yacht would help revitalise the area.
In her 44 years of service Britannia has been prominent on the world stage, carrying the Royal Family overseas on state visits.
It has also been used extensively for entertaining foreign dignitaries and has been available for hire for commercial activities.
A total of nine submissions were made for what do with the yacht. These where whittled down to just two - Leith and Manchester.
It was to be part of a £42m heritage scheme on the doorstep of the Trafford Centre, soon to open as the largest retail and leisure complex of its kind in Europe.
Defence Secretary George Robertson said the decision between the two options had been "very, very close indeed". Both bids satisfied the criteria laid down by the government for preserving the ship he said.
Currently in Portsmouth, Britannia is expected to be towed north to its final resting place in the next few weeks.
Scottish Secretary Donald Dewar said the choice of Leith was "entirely fitting".
"The Britannia's re-location to Leith will provide further evidence of the standard which the comprehensive redevelopment of Leith is now attaining," said Mr Dewar.