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London 2012: Olympic rings approved for The Mound in Edinburgh

The mound
Image caption The Olympic rings will be erected on The Mound, which runs between the Old Town and the New Town in Edinburgh

A set of 8m (26ft) Olympic rings are to be sited on The Mound in Edinburgh after plans were approved by councillors.

The UK government's Department of Culture, Media and Sport applied to place the huge aluminium rings as a focal point for Olympic celebrations.

The DCMS said it planned for the rings to be illuminated at night.

Plans for a 60-metre tall Ferris wheel in Princes Street Gardens have also been given the green light.

The initial plan is for the wheel to be open from April to October.

Image caption The initial plan is for the wheel to be open from April to October

The Olympic rings are being funded by the UK government. It follows a plan to put the rings on Edinburgh Castle, which was withdrawn after meeting public opposition.

An offer to put the rings at the Hillend Ski centre in Midlothian was rejected.

The Mound is an artificial hill in central Edinburgh which connects Edinburgh's New Town and Old Town.

The Olympic rings will be visible throughout much of the centre of the city, especially the main shopping street Princes Street.

The Olympic torch will be visiting Edinburgh on 13 June, where there will be an evening celebration.

The London 2012 Olympics run from 27 July to 12 August.

There will also be a Paralympic torch flame festival in the city on the 26 August.

The Paralympic Games run from 29 August to 9 September.

Edinburgh will also be taking part in the Cultural Olympiad including the Speed of Light which will see thousands of runners with specially-designed 'light suits' run set routes around Arthur's Seat.

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