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Anger as Oasis gig shuts primary

Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis
Oasis are due on stage at about 2030 BST

An Edinburgh primary school has been closed early because of an Oasis concert being held at nearby Murrayfield Stadium.

Roseburn Primary was closed at 1215 BST following advice from police over the numbers of people gathering and drinking in the area.

Lothian and Borders Police said it expected 55,000 people with gates opening at 1400 BST.

Parents said it had caused problems over childcare.

Although Oasis were not due on stage until about 2030 BST, people were expected to start congregating much earlier to listen to the warm-up bands.

We also know from past experience that the area will be very busy, access will be difficult and alcohol will be sold in the area
Edinburgh City Council
Spokesman

Single mother Angela McGregor, 30, said she could not afford to take time off work to collect her five-year-old son, Robert, at lunchtime. The school normally closes at 1445 BST.

She said: "It's ridiculous that the school had to close early because of the Oasis concert. My son Robert lost half a day's education.

"If it was the Queen coming then fair enough.

"I'm a single parent and I had to make other childcare arrangements.

"I had to ask a Sunday school teacher at St Nicholas Church to pick up my son.

"If I didn't have her I would have to take four hours off work to look after him, which I can't afford to do."

An Edinburgh City Council spokesman said: "We took the decision to close the school for the afternoon based on information we received from the police.

"We also know from past experience that the area will be very busy, access will be difficult and alcohol will be sold in the area."

A Lothian and Borders Police spokeswoman said: "We have a significant policing detail between ourselves and the council to maintain the needs of the residents in the area."



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