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Milngavie bids to host Olympics

Marc Fisher
Marc Fisher in the area he would designate as the Olympic village

A Glasgow suburb is to be a surprise entrant in the race to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

Accounts worker Marc Fisher has launched a tongue in cheek campaign to bring the 32nd Games to Milngavie.

The 24-year-old has gained support from local politicians and the national tourism organisation VisitScotland.

He has also enlisted the help of advertising agencies which worked on the successful London 2012 and Glasgow's Commonwealth Games bids.

The marketing industry magazine, The Drum, are launching a competition to help refine the branding and Navy Blue - the firm who worked on the successful 2012 and 2014 bids - have also agreed to take part.

Gordon Young, publisher of The Drum, said: "This will dramatically increase Milngavie's chances."

Milngavie would certainly be ready to give a warm welcome - and a nice cup of tea - to all competitors
Jo Swinson
Local MP

The logo designed by Marc Fisher has incorporated two of the town's landmarks - the Copland And Lye Clock and the West Highland Way obelisk - with the five Olympic rings.

His dedicated Milngavie 2020 website highlights possibilities for Olympic event venues and the Olympic village.

He said of the local community centre: "If it's good enough for Milngavie Ladies Badminton Club to use every Tuesday, then it's good enough for the Olympics."

Local traders have given their support and are carrying a petition supporting the bid.

A VisitScotland spokesperson said: "With Scotland's credentials as a host for major international sporting events at an all-time high, the latest bid presents an unprecedented opportunity to transform the numbers of people around the world who can correctly pronounce Milngavie."

Local MP, Jo Swinson, said: "The people of Milngavie would certainly be ready to give a warm welcome - and a nice cup of tea - to all competitors.

"On a serious note, this is a good way of drawing attention to local sport and the need for good facilities."

Des McNulty MSP said: "This is clearly a well thought out proposal.

"If London and Beijing can successfully bid for the games, I see no reason why Milngavie can't do the same."m


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