Good times in days gone by

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WHEN it comes to festivals there is nowhere quite like Edinburgh for a celebration.

From the wonderful, to the weird and wacky, the Capital has it covered all year round, drawing crowds from across the world for occasions to be long remembered.

Catherine Broadbent and June Kilgour at the International Festival of Dancing and Arts in 1964

Catherine Broadbent and June Kilgour at the International Festival of Dancing and Arts in 1964

Just when the city’s festival calendar looks full to bursting, another one is pencilled in to spring up this month – Hidden Door – transforming disused vaults on Market Street for a celebration of art, music and creativity.

Running from March 28 until April 5, Hidden Door will feature 40 bands, 70 artists, a cinema and bars to provide a platform for breakthrough talent based in Scotland.

It is an event many of the performers from yesteryear pictured here would likely have approved of, supporting any opportunity for creative people to come together and show off their talents.

In April 1964 that is exactly what these youngsters from Colinton Mains Parish Church Sunday School did when they signed up for that year’s Pentlands Festival. Held at Hunters Tryst School, the singers are pictured here, full of smiles and smartly dressed, behind the scenes at the event.

Colinton Mains Parish Church's Sunday School choir take part in the Pentlands Festival

Colinton Mains Parish Church's Sunday School choir take part in the Pentlands Festival

Also pictured here are locals at the 1963 Summer Country Festival, in Stenhouse, packed in to watch that year’s ring competition. Yet another festival to have captured the hearts of people across Edinburgh over the years.

So many families put so much enthusiasm into local festivals held on their doorsteps across the Lothians, aware of the long standing role they have played in their communities.

Such was the case in our picture here from July 1963 of one of the winners of the fancy dress parade, held during Musselburgh Festival Week.

The Summer Country Festival in Stenhouse in 1963

The Summer Country Festival in Stenhouse in 1963

One of the winners in Musselburgh Festival Week's fancy dress parade

One of the winners in Musselburgh Festival Week's fancy dress parade