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'Sir Sean Connery Airport' Petition launched to rename Edinburgh Airport

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'Sir Sean Connery Airport' Petition launched to rename Edinburgh Airport


A petition has been launched to rename Edinburgh Airport after Sir Sean Connery in the wake of the Scots star’s death.

It comes as tributes continue to pour in for the global icon after he passed away at his home in the Bahamas on Saturday, aged 90.

The legendary James Bond actor was born and bred in the Fountainbridge area of Edinburgh.

Sir Sean Connery

Fans now want to see the city give the ultimate nod to its most famous son.

In the online campaign for the airport’s name to be changed, petition organiser Andrew Morton states: “Liverpool has John Lennon airport, Belfast has George Best airport and with the death of one of her most famous sons Edinburgh should have a Sir Sean Connery airport.”

Fans across the world have joined celebrities and the movie legend’s family members in paying tribute to Sir Sean following his death.

He will be cremated in the Bahamas, his wife Micheline has revealed.

Sir Sean Connery, with his wife Micheline, in Edinburgh

She said: “We have not decided what to do. That is something we will talk about soon but he will be cremated in the Bahamas, which is what he wanted.”

The former Edinburgh milkman lived in the Caribbean for the past 45 years but never forgot his proud Scottish roots.

The store which first employed Connery in Fountainbridge also shared their respects to the star yesterday.

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Connery worked in the dairy of the St Cuthbert’s Co-Operative Society, now Scotmid, delivering milk around his home city of Edinburgh.

The company posted on Facebook: “Deeply saddened to hear the news that Sir Sean Connery has died.

“Undoubtedly our most famous former employee, in 1944 Thomas Sean Connery, 13, started work as a barrow worker in the St Cuthbert’s dairy.

“He left his role as a milk horseman in 1950 to pursue his acting career.”

On Saturday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was heartbroken to hear of Sir Sean’s death.

Posting on Twitter, she wrote: “I was heartbroken to learn this morning of the passing of Sir Sean Connery.

“Our nation today mourns one of her best loved sons.

Sean Connery dies aged 90

“Sean was born into a working class Edinburgh family and through talent and sheer hard work, became an international film icon and one of the world’s most accomplished actors.

“Sean will be remembered best as James Bond – the classic 007 – but his roles were many and varied.


“He was a global legend but, first and foremost, a patriotic and proud Scot – his towering presence at the opening of the Scottish Parliament and in 1999 showed his love for the country of his birth.”

The petition to rename Edinburgh Airport was started on Saturday and so far has more than 280 signatures.

The facility was sold to Global Infrastructure Partners, which also owns Gatwick and Heathrow Airports, for £807m in 2012.

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Find the petition here.





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