Nostalgia: Bonfire night in the Capital

Bonfire in the Grassmarket, claimed to be the biggest in Edinburgh, in 1952. Picture: TSPL

Bonfire in the Grassmarket, claimed to be the biggest in Edinburgh, in 1952. Picture: TSPL

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WE hope you got to enjoy Bonfire Night during the week – or perhaps you are planning to take the family out to a local event over the weekend.

The night has always been a popular one across the city, with children and adults alike getting excited by the displays of fireworks and bonfires, sparklers and toffee apples.

Bonfire at West Pilton in 1973. Picture: TSPL

Bonfire at West Pilton in 1973. Picture: TSPL

Back in 1952, the Victoria Day bonfire in the Grassmarket claimed to be the biggest in the city, with families and even pet dogs turning out to see the great fire in the 
street.

Swathes of delighted children held hands and danced around the cobbles as the fire got higher and higher and the flames lit up the street.

A bonfire was organised just for children at the Redford Barracks in November 1968, with fireworks being set off into the night sky and Catherine wheels whirling round, delighting all who attended.

One of the factors that has always been an important part of Bonfire Night is the bringing together of communities.

An organised bonfire and firework show for children, staged at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh in November 1968. Picture: TSPL

An organised bonfire and firework show for children, staged at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh in November 1968. Picture: TSPL

And children, of course, have always used the event to enjoy themselves.

Old photos from our archives show a team of young schoolboys collecting wood and flammable goods to pile up on the Silverknowes bonfire.

Children piling up their bonfire at Silverknowes. Picture: TSPL

Children piling up their bonfire at Silverknowes. Picture: TSPL