City slashes Beltane fee

BELTANE festival organisers have hailed a decision by city licensing chiefs to slash the event’s fee.

The festival on Calton Hill draws thousands of spectators to its annual re-enactment of the arrival of the May Queen and the ritual killing of the Green Man, as well as the traditional Celtic fire procession.

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Organisers said the decision to cut the normal £8000 fee for an event of Beltane’s size to £1000 would ensure the festival takes place in 2013.

Beltane Fire Society producer Tom Watton said: “We are over the moon that the council respect our event and recognise the positive benefit it has on the city. There’s such a wide mixture of people that get involved in this – from office workers to quirky artistic types.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for everyone.”