Coat-of-arms bestowed upon Leith Neighbourhood Partnership

Leithers are being invited to enjoy free Tea and Biscuits courtesy of the local neighbourhood partnership as part of a Coat-of-Arms celebration.

As far as we know, this is the first time in history that a local community planning partnership has ever been bestowed a coat-of-arms.

The Leith Coat-of-Arms dates back to 1889, although it is based upon 16th Century motiffs. However, Leithers were banned from using the Coat-of-Arms when the Leith council merged with City of Edinburgh council. 

Once the Coat-of-Arms is formally ‘bestowed,’ the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership will be able to decide how the Coat-of-Arms is used.

A few hard working locals, including former councillor Rob Munn and Alex Wilson have been pushing for more than two years to have the rights to use the Coat-of-Arms returned to Leith, and their perseverance has finally paid off.

They hope that the Coat-of-Arms will help to bring about a renewed sense of community in the area.

The Bestowal Ceremony will take place on the 20th of June at 11am at the Leith Library.

More background on the Coat-of-Arms is available here.