Sep 14 2012 By Johnathon Menzies
Gland Slam winner and Olympic gold medalist Murray to say thank-you to home town.
Dunblane’s Grand Slam winner Andy Murray is to return to his home town on Sunday (September 16).
The newly-crowned US Open champion is expected to arrive in an open-topped bus at noon in Clarendon Place, according to Stirling Council, and t hen walk through the cathedral city towards Dunblane Tennis Club - the place where his glittering career began.
In a statement, the 25-year-old Olympic gold and silver madalist said this evening (Friday): "I can’t wait to get back to Dunblane, to where it all began, and share my US Open victory with everyone and thank them for all the support. It’s definitely going to be emotional, but it’s a very special place for me.”
Stirling Council Provost Mike Robbins, who is a councillor for the local area, declared: "We’re so thrilled that Andy’s coming. “It’s always a pleasure to welcome him back, but this time, of course, it’s extra, extra special.
"I visited local schools the morning after his US Open triumph, and everyone was just buzzing. The one thing the children wanted was the chance to say ‘well done’, and now we will all be able to do just that."
A minimum of 15,000 people are expected to line the streets to see former Dunblane Primary School pupil Murray, who ended a 76-year wait for a British men's Grand Slam winner when he triumphed over Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open in New York on Monday.
Police are urging the public to plan and prepare for disruptions in and around Dunblane during what promises to be a celebratory occasion..
Stirling Area Commander Superintendent Gordon Dawson said: “This event is unique and we anticipate large numbers of people will turn up to see Andy Murray. There will be disruption to traffic and our advice is to plan your journey and to allow extra time for it. We encourage those attending to take direction from stewards along the route.”
There will be road closures in place and there will no be vehicular access to Beech Road or High Street, the police have announced.
Limited parking will be available at nearby Dunblane Primary School, Dunblane High School and Newton Primary School.
For further information visit www.stirling.gov.uk, or search for either the council or Central Scotland Police on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
The council has released the following in advance of the visit:
12pm - Andy Murray arrives at Clarendon Place, Dunblane;
12pm-1.30pm - 'Walkabout' up Perth Road to Beech Road, along High Street, stopping at the Golden Postbox, then continuing up High Street to Fourways Roundabout and into the tennis courts at Dunblane Sports Club;
1.30-2pm - Set4Sport promotional activity with mum Judy Murray and Andy;
2pm-2:10pm - Golf Club car park and onto Central FM’s roadshow stage, featuring address by Provost Robbins;
2:15pm-2:45pm - Media conference at the golf club;
2:45-4pm - Time with friends and family, before leaving Dunblane.