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War memorial moved for tram works

Hearts war memorial
Hearts war memorial was built by Hearts Football Club in 1922

Work to temporarily remove the Heart of Midlothian Memorial Monument from Haymarket Junction to make way for tram works is to start in two weeks.

The work is expected to take three weeks starting on Monday 4 May.

It will be carried out by Stone Engineering, which constructed McCrae's Battalion Memorial Cairn at Contalmaison, France in June 2004.

Edinburgh City Council said it would "closely supervise" the dismantling of the memorial.

The monument's clockface will be removed by Ritchies of Penicuik and it will be held by Edinburgh City Council in "secure accommodation".

This iconic monument has been an important symbol of remembrance in the capital for many years and will play a prominent part in the new Haymarket junction
Steven Bell
Edinburgh Tram Project

It will be re-erected at a new location at the Haymarket junction when the tramworks are completed.

Jenny Dawe, Edinburgh City Council leader, said: "We know just how special this monument is and every care is being taken to protect it for future generations.

"Once the tram works are complete, it will return to Haymarket in a prime position."

Steven Bell, Edinburgh Tram Project project director, said: "This iconic monument has been an important symbol of remembrance in the capital for many years and will play a prominent part in the new Haymarket junction.

"In the meantime, it is crucial that the memorial is protected from the ongoing tram works.

"Given the nature of the memorial we were keen to involve all relevant stakeholders and I'd like to thank them for their support and patience whilst we finish the work at Haymarket."

A spokesperson for Heart of Midlothian Football Club said: "The Heart of Midlothian War Memorial is very precious to the club and many residents in and around the city of Edinburgh.

"We are pleased that its temporary storage and eventual relocation at Haymarket is being handled in such a sensitive manner.

"We all look forward to its relocation at Haymarket in order that supporters and city residents can once again pay their respects to those players, supporters and shareholders that made the ultimate sacrifice."



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