TODAY marks the last edition of the Evening News produced from our current home at Barclay House on Holyrood Road.
This weekend the team moves on from the building where hundreds of journalists have tirelessly covered major stories – of both local, national and international significance – over the last 15 years.
It was on November 30, 1999 that Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in the Capital to open Barclay House, the purpose-built headquarters for Scotsman Publications Ltd.
Prior to that the Evening News – along with The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday – had been housed on North Bridge, a fascinating building now home to a hotel. Many members of staff have fond memories of the North Bridge offices, its winding staircases and huge architectural character. Former Evening News editor John McLellan this week however said that Barclay House ultimately offered a better working environment.
“The Evening News occupied the fire escape onto the Scotsman Steps,” he said. “So at the height of summer the newsroom had a fortnightly cycle of stench, ranging from the reek of urine from the nice people who used the Steps as a toilet to the overpowering aroma of the council’s strongest disinfectant.”
From the North Bridge era is a great picture of the machine room with a fresh pile of Evening News and Dispatch coming off the printer.
But to the future, from Monday we will be in temporary accommodation in Morrison Street, before we head to our permanent base at Orchard Brae later in the year.