Nostalgia: Edinburgh Castle through the years

Leith Walk Primary pupils prepare to interview tourists at the Castle in 1985; below, visitors take a picture of a sentry in 1959
Leith Walk Primary pupils prepare to interview tourists at the Castle in 1985; below, visitors take a picture of a sentry in 1959
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IT was lit up by a dazzling display of fireworks to start the new year – and now Edinburgh Castle is set to turn green for a week as part of a campaign to kick off 2015 in style.

After cycling through a range of colours, people were asked to choose their favourite on social media sites – and a strong campaign by Hibs fans meant that green will be the colour of Edinburgh’s most famous visitor attraction every night for the next week in a bid to help local residents beat the winter blues.

The new colour scheme will be a bit of a change for the Castle, which has been at the heart of life in the Capital for centuries.

Back in June 1985, it was the setting for Leith Walk Primary pupils Kevin McLean, Richard Petrie, Andrew Fraser, Brian Logan, Joyce Gillan and Nancy Anderson to do a project on life in the Capital.

The ancient building has long drawn visitors from around the world, but it’s not just the imposing battlements that catch the eye and in August 1959, during the Festival, two girls were taking a picture of one of the distinctive sentries on duty at the Castle.

As well as a popular attraction, the Castle is home to the army, and in February 1973 members of the armed forces held an arm wrestling contest.

That’s far from the only drama seen at the site, with the Castle regularly featured in film and TV productions. In April 1975, Scottish stage and screen actor Iain Cuthbertson filmed the series Sutherland’s Law.

Of course, it has official duties too, and the crowds were out in July 1963 to see the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive for the traditional ceremony presenting the sovereign with the Castle key.