Nostalgia: Highs and blows of stormy Capital life

Scaffolding is scattered all across Graham Street in Leith after being blown down in 1962. Picture: TSPL
Scaffolding is scattered all across Graham Street in Leith after being blown down in 1962. Picture: TSPL
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IT’S been a bit windy over the last few days – as you might have noticed.

There has been no shortage of disruption, with trains cancelled and road smashes causing huge hold-ups.

Passers-by rush to stop a baby's pushchair being blown away at Edinburgh's Waverley Steps during the gales of November 1981. Picture: TSPL

Passers-by rush to stop a baby's pushchair being blown away at Edinburgh's Waverley Steps during the gales of November 1981. Picture: TSPL

First we had the remnants of Storm Jonas, which wreaked havoc across the east coast of the United States last weekend, killing at least 19 people.

Then we had Storm Gertrude, which sparked some dramatic scenes yesterday.

We’re no strangers in the Capital to wild weather, as our pictures show.

Passers-by raced to the aid of a struggling parent at the top of the Waverley Steps on Princes Street during gales in November 1981 after a pram threatened to blow away.

A policeman inspects the damage to Princes Street Gardens after a floodlight and stonework are dislodged from the Scott Monument by the January gales in 1968. Picture: TSPL

A policeman inspects the damage to Princes Street Gardens after a floodlight and stonework are dislodged from the Scott Monument by the January gales in 1968. Picture: TSPL

Two years earlier, the wind was causing trouble in the city centre as the Christmas decorations were disturbed in Princes Street.

But that was nothing compared to the potential danger when storms hit Graham Street in Leith in December 1962.

Onlookers were concerned after masonry plummeted from roofs and scaffolding threatened to collapse.

When a hole emerged in Princes Street Gardens in January 1968, police decided to look into it.

Winter gales damaged the Christmas decorations in Edinburgh's Princes Street in December 1979. Picture: TSPL

Winter gales damaged the Christmas decorations in Edinburgh's Princes Street in December 1979. Picture: TSPL

Our picture shows an officer inspecting the damage after a floodlight and stonework became dislodged from the Scott Monument.