One of the oldest running and most beloved attractions of the Edinburgh Fringe festival has been canceled due to the discovery of asbestos.
The Ladyboys of Bangkok have become a familiar face at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, the colourful troop have graced the stage for more than 17 years delighting festival goers with their outlandish shows. However this years sees the act take a back seat while Edinburgh county council investigate a public health issue.
Having been recently forced out of their usual prime venue at the Meadows to a new location at Fountainbridge Brewery, the act thought they had secured themselves a more permanent placement for shows.
But due to the discovery of asbestos on the new premises a portion of the site has been sealed off in the interest of public safety. Officials running the festival have maintained that the level of public risk remains at a “low”.
“While we await detailed analysis from independent consultants we are taking additional precautions in order to maintain the safety of the site. We are also working with users to make arrangements for temporary relocation.”
Over the years, the show has become an iconic part of the festival, with large crowds of revelers attending every year. Edinburgh county council are in negotiations for a new location just 50 yards away from the Fountainbridge site. “We continue to work with event organisers to secure a suitable alternative site, and further details will be announced in due course.”