17 photos taking you back to Edinburgh in 1980 (Part 3)

It was out with the old and in with the new at the start of the eighties as Edinburgh began to embrace a digital future and wave farewell to the industries, infrastructure and technologies of yesteryear.

Customers queue up for the Christmas and Boxing Day sales at RW Forsyth department store in Edinburgh's Princes Street December 1980.

Edinburgh city centre was positively teeming with people keen to welcome home local sprinter Allan Wells, who was fresh from securing Olympic gold in Moscow for the 100m dash.

Also in sport, Hearts, having been relegated for the first time in their history, won the First Division at the first attempt and were back in the top flight by the summer.

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Generous Evening News readers donated money towards equipping Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary with a Flying Squad ambulance.

Legendary comedian Billy Connolly with a cigarette during an interview in Edinburgh in August 1980.

And Edinburgh Castle’s historic Mons Meg cannon was removed and sent to Armadale steel works for testing.

Willie Gibson in action during the Hearts v Hibs Edinburgh Derby football match at Tynecastle in August 1980. Hearts were newly-promoted after being relegated to the First Division in season 1978-79.
Scottish athlete Allan Wells (with wife Margot Wells) waves to the Edinburgh crowds from an open-topped bus in August 1980. Wells won an Olympic gold medal in Moscow for the 100m dash with a time of 10.25 seconds.
Evening News readers raised money to equip the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary hospital with a Flying Squad ambulance in December 1980. Dr Keith Little shows how the storage system works.
The proprietors of The Indian Cavalry Club, a new Indian restaurant in Atholl Place Edinburgh, opened it with a guard of honour on horseback in July 1980.
A pipe band leads a giant papier mache lion conductor in the Evening News Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade, August 1980.
Scottish entertainers Jack Milroy and Rikki Fulton with some of the woodland creature characters from Babes in the Wood, the Christmas pantomime at the Kings theatre in Edinburgh, december 1980.
Mons Meg, the cannon from Edinburgh Castle, was removed and taken to the North British Steel Groups works at Armadale for testing in January 1980.
Demonstrators from Nalgo and other trade unions protesting about the cuts to the National Health Service in Edinburgh, September 1980. The marchers make their way up Lothian Road to the Caley cinema.
This public drinking fountain dedicated to Lindsay D Gumley at the corner of Waverley Bridge and Princes Street in Edinburgh, August 1980.
Crowds at the Jehovah's Witness convention at Murrayfield stadium, Edinburgh. July 1980
Danny Miller, project organiser at the Castle Trades hotel, a hostel for homeless men in the Grassmarket Edinburgh. Mr Miller outside the hotel in May 1980.
The British Rail parcels office on Waverley Bridge Edinburgh, March 1980. Wetherspoon chain pub the Booking Office now occupies the site.
Models with a real black bull at the opening of The Black Bull Inn in the Grassmarket Edinburgh, March 1980.
Dali the Indian elephant gets a whole cabbage from her keeper at Edinburgh Zoo in December 1980.
The Murray International Metals (MIM) hockey team at Edinburgh airport on their return from Australia with the European trophy in December 1980
The Jenners Santa Claus arrives at the Edinburgh department store to be met by parents and children in November 1980.

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