Moonwalk delays ‘partly down to bosses’

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ORGANISERS of the popular MoonWalk charity event have been told they should accept some responsibility for delays to this year’s event.

Only half of the usual 8000 participants took part in this year’s walk, with organisers citing delays in a site being approved as the main reason.

Permission to use Leith Links rather than the ­traditional location of Inverleith Park was given four months late and is estimated to have cost the charity more than £1 million.

Walk founder Nina Barough told the News last week that the delay had put the event’s future under threat.

Ms Barough insisted that her charity could not afford “to take another hit like that” next year.

Drummond Trinity Community Council chairman Steve Coulson said damage caused to Inverleith Park and its cricket pitch last year by the MoonWalk had contributed to the predicament.

He described the MoonWalk as a worthy cause, but added: “We have been unable to play on that part of our home ground at Inverleith Park at all this summer.

“The folk responsible for organising it need to remember that Edinburgh’s parks need to be fit for our citizens all year.”