Nostalgia: Bay City Rollers | Charity procession

Fifty youngsters gave the Bay City Rollers a noisy farewell from Edinburgh Airport in April 1976. Picture: TSPL
Fifty youngsters gave the Bay City Rollers a noisy farewell from Edinburgh Airport in April 1976. Picture: TSPL
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ABOUT 50 youngsters gave the Bay City Rollers a noisy farewell from Edinburgh Airport in April 1976. As the group arrived to catch the shuttle flight to London on the first part of their promotional trip to America, their car was chased by screaming girls wearing tartan favours.

They jumped from their car and made for a heavily guarded door to evade their fans, who chanted and banged on the doors trying to get a glimpse of their idols. Police and officials had to put their shoulders to the door leading to the VIP lounge where the Rollers were.

Leading the way

Princes Street was closed off to make way for the Edinburgh University Students’ Charities Appeal procession. The procession was led by a fire engine, followed by Edinburgh University Officers’ Training Corps pipe band and Charities Queen Patricia McLeod, pictured here with Lord Provost John Millar. The same month, a reunion was held for former Second World War prisoners of war and their families. The meeting took place in the Hotel Oratava.