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Demarco awarded capital's top honour

PROFESSOR Richard Demarco, the veteran Edinburgh Festival impresario and has become only the seventh person to received the Edinburgh Award.

The artist and art entrepreneur who co-founded the Edinburgh-based Traverse Theatre, has received an engraved Loving Cup to mark the honour, which aims to recognise those who have made an outstanding contribution to the city.

His handprints - alongside those of previous recipients Ian Rankin, JK Rowling, George Kerr, Sir Chris Hoy, Professor Peter Higgs and Elizabeth Blackadder - are now on a flagstone in the City Chambers quadrangle.

Donald Wilson, Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, said: "I am delighted to present the 2013 Edinburgh Award to Richard Demarco, widely regarded as a champion for the Scottish arts.

"The Edinburgh Award enables the people of Edinburgh to pay a lasting tribute to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the city, and Mr Demarco has done exactly that."

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