Nostalgia: Protesters who fought for their beliefs

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Household bills were top of the protest agenda back in December 1970 as families felt the financial pinch of rising prices.

In a fight against the producers of the day, shoppers took time out on Princes Street to sign a petition calling for action. Enough was enough, they argued.

Shoppers stop to sign a petition against rising prices in Princes Street in December 1970

Shoppers stop to sign a petition against rising prices in Princes Street in December 1970

This week, it was not energy bills, the cost of bread or the price of petrol which was getting people hot under the collar. For one protest group, the Scottish CND, it was nuclear weapons, prompting activists to set off from the Scottish Parliament by foot to the Trident base on the Clyde to make their feelings known.

The demonstration adds to a long line in the Capital’s history, such as that against the proposed canonisation of Blessed John Ogilvie in May 1976. Pastor Jack Glass made his feelings known at St Giles’ Cathedral on the first day of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland – along with a hanged effigy of Ogilvie.

In April 1979, one campaign-fuelled group made the gruelling trek from Gloucester to Torness to protest against the existence of its power station.

Here, looking tired and wet, are Ken and Liz Brown with their children, Russ and Colleen, along with Alison Freeman and her son, Tom, in the cart supporting calls of the day from Greenpeace.

Pastor Jack Glass protests near St Giles' Cathedral on the first day of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in May 1976 with a hanged effigy of the Blessed John Ogilvie

Pastor Jack Glass protests near St Giles' Cathedral on the first day of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in May 1976 with a hanged effigy of the Blessed John Ogilvie

Passers-by on George Street were intrigued in August 1978 when members of the Dalgety Bay Protest Action Group – donning gas masks and wellies – took to the pavement to hand out leaflets voicing concerns over gas terminals on the Forth.

Housewives and children demonstrate over the closure of Edinburgh's steamies outside the City Chambers in 1971

Housewives and children demonstrate over the closure of Edinburgh's steamies outside the City Chambers in 1971

Ken and Liz Brown and their family arrive in Edinburgh in April 1979 on their protest march from Gloucester to Torness

Ken and Liz Brown and their family arrive in Edinburgh in April 1979 on their protest march from Gloucester to Torness

The Dalgety Bay Protest Action Group hand out leaflets on George Street as part of the campaign against gas terminals in the Forth

The Dalgety Bay Protest Action Group hand out leaflets on George Street as part of the campaign against gas terminals in the Forth