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City prepares its tribute to courageous firefighter

posted 21 Jul 2009, 04:11 by David Rintoul   [ updated 31 Oct 2009, 09:56 ]

Edinburgh city centre will fall silent tomorrow as hundreds of firefighters gather from around the UK for the funeral of their fallen colleague, Ewan Williamson.

Members of the public are expected to line the route of what is thought to be the first fire service funeral parade ever to be held in the Capital.

Mr Williamson's colleagues from Tollcross fire station's Green Watch will place his coffin on to the back of a fire engine at the station and will then climb aboard to escort him.

Ranks of firefighters will line up behind the engine as the cortege is led by a single undertaker on foot to St Giles' Cathedral on the Royal Mile. The parade will pause once outside fire service headquarters in Lauriston Place to take a formal salute, before moving up George IV Bridge.


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